A Sports Journalist earns an average salary of $41,374 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$24,432 - $98,633
$24K
$41K
$99K
MEDIAN: $41,373
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$13.00 - $17.80
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$24,432 - $98,633  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,578 - $81,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.97  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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$24,578 - $81,705  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Sports Journalist

  • Become embedded in the sports community to identify and report on sports teams, topics, and players.
  • Lay out pages and publish stories to the web.
  • Take photographs, make videos, and create visualizations to accompany text.
  • Build a strong following on social media, following stories and breaking news.

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Key Stats for Sports Journalist

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
12%
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Experience Affects Sports Journalist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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