Average Journalist Salary in United Kingdom

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The average salary for a Journalist in United Kingdom is £23,882.
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£16k - £40k
£203 - £6k
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£16k - £41k

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Job Description for Journalist

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

Career Paths

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Content Manager
Marketing Executive
Communications Officer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Journalist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

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 £19,920 based on 31 salaries. An early career Journalist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £20,860 based on 181 salaries. A mid-career Journalist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £25,625 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Journalist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £33,888 based on 56 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £36,348.
Employees with Journalist in their job title in London, England: London earn an average of 7.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Manchester, England: Manchester (0.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh (16.3% less) and Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (14.2% less).

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