$40,493
Avg. Salary
$13.59
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,600

Bonus

$2,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Reporter is $13.59 per hour.

The average pay for a Reporter is $40,493 per year.

$10.39
10%
$13.59
50%
$20.13
90%
MEDIAN $13.59
$25k
10%
$40k
50%
$70k
90%
MEDIAN $40,493
$25,118 - $69,823
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MEDIAN: $40,493
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$10.39 - $20.13
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$0$69K
Salary $25,118 - $69,823
Bonus $193 - $7,372
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$23,881 - $65,890
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,189
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.39 - $20.13
Overtime $13.92 - $34.62
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $193 - $7,372
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$23,881 - $65,890
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 425

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.

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).

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 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: $36,243

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 Gordon:
"Small town news with local support."
Pros: I enjoy the people I interact with and the interesting stories I write.
Cons: As in every community, there are people who critique the newspaper.

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 Louisville:
"Verify."
Verify everything anyone tells you. Verify everything you hear and see. Everyone always has his own agenda.

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

Reporter in Harrisburg:
"The time it takes to do it and irregular hours."
Be open minded, curious, dependable, and fair.

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Key Stats for Reporter

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Reporter Salaries

▲38%

▲21%

▲20%

National Average
$36,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Reporter Salaries


National Average
$36,000

▼4%




▼6%



Interviewing
▼9%

Multimedia
▼12%

▼13%

▼16%


Research
▼23%

▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 17%