Investigative Reporter Salary

Earnings for Investigative Reporters in the United States come in at around $62K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Investigative Reporters making up 72 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Investigative Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,315 - $100,899
$36K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,378
10%
50%
90%

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$15.48 - $20.00
$18
MEDIAN: $18.27
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$0$100K
Salary $36,315 - $100,899
Bonus $4,913
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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$35,822 - $99,778
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $18.27
Overtime $24.00
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $4,913
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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$35,822 - $99,778
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

Job Description for Investigative Reporter

Investigative reporters analyze problems or questions that need to be further researched, such as crimes or potential crimes, and the results are then reported to the public.

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Pay by Experience Level for Investigative Reporter

Pay by Experience for an Investigative Reporter has a positive trend. An entry-level Investigative Reporter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 25 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Investigative Reporter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Investigative Reporter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 17 salaries. An Investigative Reporter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 6 salaries.

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Key Stats for Investigative Reporter

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Investigative Reporter Salaries

Experienced
▲56%

Late-Career
▲56%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 13%