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.

$24,229 - $66,322
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$38K
$66K
MEDIAN: $38,453
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$9.97 - $19.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,229 - $66,322  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $7,708  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,972 - $62,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 661
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $19.66  
   
Overtime
$15.69 - $33.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$257.60 - $7,708  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,972 - $62,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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.

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Reporter Tasks

  • 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

National Average: $35,081

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Reporter Reviews

What is it like working as a Reporter?

Reporter in Lansing:
"Hard, but rewarding."
Pros: The people I work with. The writing I do. The benefits of working at a smaller company include a lot of autonomy and being able to learn through my own mistakes.
Cons: The hours are long. The pay is low.

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Experience Affects Reporter Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


Online Research
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National Average
$35,000

Technical Writing
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Interviewing
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Research
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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Photography
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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