Sports Reporters aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $34K per year. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Sports Reporters greatly outnumber their female counterparts. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$24,602 - $70,431
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$70K
MEDIAN: $34,382
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$10.21 - $39.73
(Median)
$10
$12
$40
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,602 - $70,431  
   
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).
)
$24,034 - $70,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $39.73  
   
Overtime
$18.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$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).
)
$24,034 - $70,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Though it's uncommon, some Sports Reporters move into roles as Sports Anchors, where pay is an average $46K per year.

Sports Reporter Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Pay by Experience Level for Sports Reporter

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $30K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $52K. For Sports Reporters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Sports Reporters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $81K.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Sports Reporter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 157%

Mid-Career
up arrow 66%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

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 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 24%
ADVERTISEMENT