Entry-Level Journalist Salary

Entry-Level Journalists are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K annually on average. Women Entry-Level Journalists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,337 - $55,377
$24K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $37,304
10%
50%
90%

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$9.78 - $20.52
$9
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $13.13
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90%

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$0$55K
Salary $24,337 - $55,377
Bonus $290 - $10,213
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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$21,906 - $54,529
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 330
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $9.78 - $20.52
Hourly Tips $1.46
Overtime $5.07 - $34.27
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $290 - $10,213
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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$21,906 - $54,529
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 118

Journalist Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,870

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

For Entry-Level Journalists, Washington provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Journalists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Miami (+24 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Journalist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Journalist in Janesville:
"Journalists are poor."
Ask yourself, do you really want to do this? Give yourself five years to decide whether this is your vocation.

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.

Key Stats for Journalist

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%

Skills That Affect Journalist Salaries

Online Research
▲4%

National Average
$35,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼1%

Video Editing
▼6%

Reporting
▼7%

▼8%

Technical Writing
▼8%

writing
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 27%