Sports Reporter Salary

Sports Reporters in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Sports Reporters are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Men account for the majority of Sports Reporters who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,190 - $78,297
$24K
$36K
$78K
MEDIAN: $35,814
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$10.80 - $39.15
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$39
MEDIAN: $13.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,190 - $78,297  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
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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$24,048 - $78,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.80 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$19.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
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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$24,048 - $78,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

Pay by Experience for a Sports Reporter has a positive trend. An entry-level Sports Reporter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sports Reporter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Sports Reporter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 7 salaries. A Sports Reporter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 10 salaries.

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
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

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

Late-Career
▲94%

Mid-Career
▲61%

Experienced
▲57%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Sports Reporter Salaries

Sports Stats
▲10%

National Average
$32,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 24%