Those pursuing careers as Sports Reporters in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K annually. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most Sports Reporters survey respondents are men (73 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,416 - $72,044
$24K
$35K
$72K
MEDIAN: $34,817
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$10.70 - $39.45
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$39
MEDIAN: $12.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,416 - $72,044  
   
Bonus
$7,500  
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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$24,008 - $71,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.70 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$19.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$7,500  
   
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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$24,008 - $71,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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Job Description for Sports Reporter

A sports reporter covers one or more sports for a media outlet or other publication. They generally attend sporting events and gather information about the game, statistics, players and other pertinent areas that would be relevant to report to sports fans; they then compile that information and present it to their audience in a print, online, audio and/or video format. It is important for sports reporters to ensure that the information they collect is accurate and interesting to their intended audience. They also generally strive to "break" news, staying in front of a story to report timely information to their audience.

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Sports Reporter Tasks

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sports Reporter


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Advancing into a Sports Anchor role seems to be a popular career move for Sports Reporters, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $46K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sports Reporter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. Sports Reporters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Sports Reporters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $81K.

Sports Reporter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sports Reporter?

Sports Reporter in Gallatin:
"Fun (yet stressful) job, but undervalued."
Pros: I get to write about sports for a living. Usually, it's a fun environment.
Cons: Our employer doesn't see fit to review our salaries on a yearly basis. No pay increases in three years. Staff has been cut from three to two in our department, yet we are responsible for covering the same area without working more than 40 hours a week. Employer won't pay overtime unless it's approved, and only in rare situations.

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Key Stats for Sports Reporter

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
054
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Sports Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
up arrow 63%

Experienced
up arrow 59%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Sports Reporter Salaries

Sports Stats
up arrow 12%

National Average
$31,000

Editing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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