Sports Reporter Salary

Sports Reporters in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K annually on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more male Sports Reporters survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,499 - $69,589
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$70K
MEDIAN: $35,410
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$9.96 - $16.73
(Median)
$10
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,499 - $69,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,271  
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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$23,452 - $62,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $16.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $25.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,271  
   
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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$23,452 - $62,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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

  • Take photographs, make videos, and create visualizations to accompany text.
  • Build a strong following on social media, following stories and breaking news.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sports Reporter


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Sports Reporters who move on to become Sports Anchors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Sports Anchors get paid an average of $45K per year.

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Typical Sports Reporters report a focused set of job skills. Sports Stats and Editing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Sports Reporter Reviews

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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Experience Affects Sports Reporter Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 50%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Sports Reporter Salaries

Sports Stats
up arrow 8%

Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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