$39,484
Avg. Salary
$14.56
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,955

Bonus

$1,011

Profit Sharing

$7,861

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Journalist is $14.56 per hour.

The median Journalist has a base pay of $39,484. Salaries generally range from $24k to $72k. The median bonus is $1,955. Skills that can affect salary include Editing, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Technical Writing, Video Editing, Online Research, writing, Reporting, Photography, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Optimization, Research Analysis, Adobe Photoshop, Media / Public Relations, Product Photography.
$9.92
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$14.56
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$24.33
90%
MEDIAN $14.56
$24k
10%
$39k
50%
$72k
90%
MEDIAN $39,484
$24,211 - $72,484
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$39K
$72K
MEDIAN: $39,484
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$9.92 - $24.33
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$0$72K
Salary $24,211 - $72,484
Bonus $298 - $8,081
Profit Sharing $1,011
Commission $7,861
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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$22,794 - $70,619
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 869
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $9.92 - $24.33
Hourly Tips $0.47
Overtime $6.70 - $40.61
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $298 - $8,081
Commission $7,861
Profit Sharing $1,011
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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$22,794 - $70,619
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 243

Job Description for Journalist

A journalist carries out research to create news articles. These news articles may be published online or in a newspaper or a magazine. In other cases, the journalist’s stories will be broadcast on television or radio. The journalist will be responsible for looking for articles that are relevant and will grip the audience’s attention.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Journalist


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Journalists who become Communications Specialists may see a small rise in pay. On average, Communications Specialists earn $45K per year.

Journalist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Journalist


Survey takers working as Journalists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Research Analysis, Social Media Marketing, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Social Media Optimization and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

Pay by Experience for a Journalist has a positive trend. An entry-level Journalist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 490 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Journalist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 177 salaries. An experienced Journalist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 119 salaries. A Journalist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

30%

18%

9%

2%

-16%

National Average: $37,529

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 79 percent, Journalists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Journalists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+60 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), New York (+29 percent), and Atlanta (+22 percent). Journalists in Charlotte earn salaries far below the national average by 33 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (16 percent lower) and Austin (14 percent lower).

Journalist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Journalist?

Journalist in Virginia Beach:
"Enjoyable, little to no traffic."
Pros: Being close to culture and the ocean
Cons: Tunnel Tolls

Journalist in Washington:
"LO Salary Research."
Pros: The pace
Cons: The commute

Journalist in New York:
"I Loathe New York."
Pros: The company I work for, easy access to everything.
Cons: Mostly everything, Transportation is horrible, too crowded, everything is too expensive. As a born and bred New Yorker, I hate living and working here.

Journalist in Chattanooga:
"Hannah status 2017."
Pros: Helping people by being their voice.
Cons: Hours, the management, work culture, office conditions.

Journalist in Lufkin:
Pros: Duties, freedom to be creative, writing.
Cons: Favoritism, unequal pay.

Journalist in Port of Spain:
"Learn About The Technical Aspect Of Your Job."
Exercise initiative. The only way to grow is to learn so learn more about your field of journalism especially the technical aspect of it. E.g if you work at a tv news station, learn how to produce the newscast or how to edit video footage. It goes a long way.

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Key Stats for Journalist

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Journalist Salaries

▲45%

▲35%

▲16%

National Average
$38,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

Media / Public Relations
▲20%

Research Analysis
▲12%

Social Media Marketing
▲9%



National Average
$38,000


▼3%


Reporting
▼5%

▼10%

Product Photography
▼10%

Adobe Photoshop
▼18%

Social Media Optimization
▼21%

Photography
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 26%