Reporter Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Reporters in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. More than half of Reporters (65 percent) survey participants are women. Most Reporters like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,822 - $69,380
$25K
$41K
$69K
MEDIAN: $40,630
10%
50%
90%

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$10.27 - $18.71
$10
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.44
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$0$69K
Salary $24,822 - $69,380
Bonus $250.56 - $9,674
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$23,559 - $65,245
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 617
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $10.27 - $18.71
Overtime $14.41 - $36.17
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $250.56 - $9,674
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$23,559 - $65,245
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 228

Job Description for Reporter

A reporter investigates and writes stories about various events and happenings in the world. Most reporters are employed by news organizations, although there are some who are employed by specific companies that wish to create stories in-house; others work as freelance writers.

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Reporter Tasks

  • Meet daily and long term story deadlines.
  • Participate in editorial meetings and pitch story ideas.
  • Discover, research and follow up on leads.
  • Cover beat and other assignments.

Common Career Paths for Reporter


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Reporters might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Editor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $46K per year.

Reporter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Reporter


Gannett Co Inc, Lee Enterprises Inc, Mergermarket, American City Business Journals, and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc are among the top companies that take on many Reporters. NBC News offers the largest salaries in town — $68K on average. Reporters will also find cushy salaries at Mergermarket (+$54K), American City Business Journals (+$42K), and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc (+$38K).

Sound Publishing, Inc., Lee Enterprises Inc, and Gannett Co Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($27K, $29K, and $33K respectively).

Popular Skills for Reporter


Survey takers working as Reporters report using a large range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Financial Reporting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Research and Adobe InDesign also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Reporter

Pay by Experience for a Reporter has a positive trend. An entry-level Reporter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 600 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Reporter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 220 salaries. An experienced Reporter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 120 salaries. A Reporter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 38 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,738

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

Home to some of the best pay for Reporters, New York offers exceptional salaries, 62 percent above the national average. Reporters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+44 percent), Los Angeles (+39 percent), San Diego (+32 percent), and Miami (+28 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas.

Reporter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Reporter?

Reporter in Chelan:
Pros: I love being able to be in the loop about everything that happens in the Lake Chelan Valley. I am also the only reporter at the Newspaper, so it is gratifying to see the amount of work I produce on a weekly basis as my name is under almost 90 percent of all the articles we produce.
Cons: I don't feel like I am being fairly compensated for my work.

Reporter in Lansing:
"Hard, but rewarding."
Pros: The people I work with. The writing I do. The benefits of working at a smaller company include a lot of autonomy and being able to learn through my own mistakes.
Cons: The hours are long. The pay is low.

Reporter in Worcester:
"Reporter."
Pros: Satisfaction of writing every day.
Cons: Always working, low wage, high-stress.

Reporter in Seattle:
"Engaging but stressful."
Pros: It's stimulating and novel. It gives me a chance to write. It's a cool job.
Cons: It's stressful. The stakes can feel pretty high. There is lots of homework, which I hate.

Reporter in Bonners Ferry:
Pros: Getting a story from people just for the asking.
Cons: Working for the Hagadone corporation.

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Key Stats for Reporter

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Reporter Salaries

▲40%

▲23%

▲22%

National Average
$36,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


National Average
$36,000

▼2%




▼5%



Interviewing
▼8%

Multimedia
▼10%

▼12%

▼14%


Research
▼22%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 19%