Average News Anchor Salary

$60,097
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$5,172
Bonus
$24,398
Commission
$5,101
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a News Anchor is $60,097.
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$34k
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$60k
90%
$140k
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Salary
$34k - $140k
Bonus
$1k - $27k
Profit Sharing
$3k - $31k
Commission
$1 - $26k
Total Pay
$32k - $138k
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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
(81)
Highly Satisfied
9Reviews
The top respondents for the job title News Anchor are from the companies Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc 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 $69,776 and $67,500, respectively. Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $45,175. Gray Communications and E.W. Scripps Co also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $49,000 and $60,000, 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 $35,748 based on 37 salaries. An early career News Anchor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,021 based on 181 salaries. A mid-career News Anchor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,158 based on 210 salaries. An experienced News Anchor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,685 based on 325 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $83,763.
Employees with News Anchor in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 52.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (50.6% more) and Los Angeles, California (28.8% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 941 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.9%
Early Career
19.2%
Mid Career
22.3%
Experienced
34.5%
Late Career
20.0%