Average Entry-Level Journalist Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Journalist is $33,313.
MEDIAN $33,313
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$24k - $50k
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$21k - $49k

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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.

Career Paths

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Director of Communications
Content Strategist
Marketing Coordinator
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Journalist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Journalist

An early career Journalist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,663 based on 520 salaries. A mid-career Journalist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,053 based on 180 salaries. An experienced Journalist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,621 based on 129 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $61,381.
Employees with Journalist in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 18.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (13.5% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (11.1% more).

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