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Average News Anchor Salary

$61,122
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,579
Bonus
$15,000
Commission
$5,131
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a News Anchor is $61,122.
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$34k
MEDIAN
$61k
90%
$149k
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$34k - $149k
Bonus
$1k - $27k
Profit Sharing
$3k - $31k
Commission
$3k - $38k
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$33k - $148k
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What Do News Anchors Do?

News Anchor Tasks
  • Present both live and pre-recorded daily news stories in a professional manner on television.
  • Send timely updates via social media to engage the viewing audience and keep them informed.
  • Venture into the field to cover live events and unfolding stories as they happen.
  • Cover breaking news stories in real time and follow along with updates.
  • Research and develop news stories from the idea stages to a written script.

Job Satisfaction for News Anchor

4.1 out of 5
(76)
Highly Satisfied
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The top respondents for the job title News Anchor are from the companies Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., Gray Communications and NBC News. Reported salaries are highest at NBC News where the average pay is $140,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc and NBC, earning around $71,216 and $67,500, respectively. Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $44,377. E.W. Scripps Co and Raycom Media, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,000 and $64,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for News Anchors?

Skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Media / Public Relations and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Multimedia and Video Editing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for News Anchors?

An entry-level News Anchor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $35,946 based on 33 salaries. An early career News Anchor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,261 based on 163 salaries. A mid-career News Anchor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,054 based on 191 salaries. An experienced News Anchor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,670 based on 290 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $87,179.
Employees with News Anchor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 56.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (43.8% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (20.6% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 856 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.9%
Early Career
19.0%
Mid Career
22.3%
Experienced
33.9%
Late Career
20.9%