Average Journalist Salary in Australia

AU$53,899
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AU$3,900
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The average salary for a Journalist in Australia is AU$53,899.
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A$42k
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A$54k
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A$80k
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What Do Journalists Do?

Journalist Tasks
  • Collect and interpret facts about news events through interviews, investigations, and observation.
  • Work with news editor and reporters to generate new content.
  • Review and edit copy.
  • Report and write stories for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, or the internet.

Popular Employer Salaries for Journalist

The top respondents for the job title Journalist are from the companies News Corp, Fairfax Media and Canstar. Reported salaries are highest at Fairfax Media where the average pay is AU$60,039. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include News Corp, earning around AU$51,415. Canstar pays the lowest at around AU$36,625. APN News & Media also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying AU$50,000.

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What Are Popular Skills for Journalists?

Skills in Editing and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Writing Procedures & Documentation, Copywriting and Online Research.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Journalists?

An entry-level Journalist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$47,132 based on 29 salaries. An early career Journalist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$51,206 based on 186 salaries. A mid-career Journalist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$62,121 based on 63 salaries. An experienced Journalist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$77,358 based on 46 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$85,000.
Employees with Journalist in their job title in Brisbane, Queensland earn an average of 15.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Adelaide, South Australia (6.6% more) and Sydney, New South Wales (1.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Geelong, Victoria (12.1% less), Gold Coast, Queensland (6.6% less) and Perth, Western Australia (0.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 345 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.4%
Early Career
53.9%
Mid Career
18.3%
Experienced
13.3%
Late Career
6.1%

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