Average Journalist Salary

$40,719
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,100
Bonus
$4,038
Commission
$1,017
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The average salary for a Journalist is $40,719.
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$26k
MEDIAN
$41k
90%
$72k
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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.

Job Satisfaction for Journalist

3.7 out of 5
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Popular Employer Salaries for Journalist

The top respondents for the job title Journalist are from the companies Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, New York Times Company and The New York Times. Reported salaries are highest at The New York Times where the average pay is $75,000. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc pays the lowest at around $34,000.

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What Are Popular Skills for Journalists?

Skills in Editing, Writing Procedures & Documentation and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing 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 $32,711 based on 87 salaries. An early career Journalist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $39,543 based on 375 salaries. A mid-career Journalist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,384 based on 134 salaries. An experienced Journalist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,684 based on 103 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $59,206.
Employees with Journalist in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 37.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (25.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (15.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (12.6% less) and Chicago, Illinois (8.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 780 survey responses.
Entry Level
11.2%
Early Career
48.1%
Mid Career
17.2%
Experienced
13.2%
Late Career
10.4%

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