How Much Do Reporters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Reporters collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$66000 per year
Hourly wage
$32 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,510 to $32,160 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Reporters and Correspondents with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,510 to $32,160 per year or $12 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Reporters and Correspondents to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $61 $127,370
Senior (Top 25%) $39 $80,950
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $49,300
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $32,160
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,510

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $56 $115,980
NY $43 $90,450
GA $36 $74,270
CA $36 $73,990
VA $32 $67,140
WA $32 $66,540
HI $32 $66,000
UT $32 $65,590
MN $31 $64,260
RI $31 $63,600

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Reporter and Correspondent is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Reporters are in the states of DC, NY, GA, CA and VA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Grantmaking and Giving Services $112470 $54.07
Telecommunications $87750 $42.19
Other Information Services $76400 $36.73
Radio and Television Broadcasting $72880 $35.04
Employment Services $71450 $34.35
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $63990 $30.77
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $58740 $28.24
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $58510 $28.13
Local Government $56330 $27.08
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $53410 $25.68
Junior Colleges $50420 $24.24
Motion Picture and Video Industries $ $*
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $ $*

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