Reporters aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K per year. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Reporters report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Reporters (64 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Reporter
A reporter investigates and writes stories about various events and happenings in the world. Most reporters are employed by news organizations, although there are some who are employed by specific companies that wish to create stories in-house; others work as freelance writers.Read More...
A reporter's medium has a significant impact on their daily duties. For example, if the reporter works for a broadcast media outlet such as television or radio, their time is often split among researching stories, writing copy, filming interviews and B-roll, and working with editors, among other tasks. Reporters who work for print media, such as newspapers and magazines, spend their time researching, writing, and working with editors, among other tasks. Reporters across outlets - including web-only ventures - are frequently tasked with posting updates to their website, as well as "additional" content such as podcasts and videos.
The environment in which a reporter work is generally determined by their medium. Reporters generally spend part of their time in an office setting and part of their time on the site of stories, collecting information, interviews, and (as required) photos and videos.
Most employers prefer reporters have a bachelor's degree in mass communication, journalism, or a related field. In addition, specialist knowledge about a given topic area, be it a local region or a specialty such as health or entertainment, is often required.
- Discover, research and follow up on leads.
- Cover beat and other assignments.
- Meet daily and long term story deadlines.
- Participate in editorial meetings and pitch story ideas.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Reporter
Gannett Co Inc, Lee Enterprises Inc, Mergermarket, American City Business Journals, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc are top-notch employers for Reporters in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, NBC News offers the most; Reporters earn $61K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Mergermarket, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, and American City Business Journals, top-paying firms where Reporters rake in a respectable $54K, $37K, or $36K, respectively.
Sound Publishing, Inc., Lee Enterprises Inc, and Gannett Co Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $28K, $29K, and $33K-paychecks on average.
Popular Skills for Reporter
Reporters seem to wield many skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Financial Reporting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 37 percent above average. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Editing also know Technical Writing.
Pay by Experience Level for Reporter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Reporters make a median salary of $47K. Reporters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $50K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Reporters, New York provides a pay rate that is 60 percent greater than the national average. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+43 percent), Atlanta (+33 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), and Miami (+28 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.