Anchor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for anchors is 39 years. The anchor workforce reached a whopping 4,606 in 2020!

Among anchors, we discovered that 42.7% of them are women, while 53.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among anchors is White, which makes up 70.1% of all anchors. Comparatively, there are 13.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Anchors are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, anchors are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about anchor demographics? We analyzed 5,418 anchors resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Anchor Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as anchors. Keep reading to find out what the results for anchors were.

Anchor Gender Ratio

Among anchors, 42.7% of them are women compared to 53.3% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 53.3%
  • Female, 42.7%
  • Unknown, 4.0%

Anchor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among anchors is White, which makes up 70.1% of all anchors. Comparatively, there are 13.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 70.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.5%
  • Black or African American, 7.5%
  • Asian, 6.9%
  • Unknown, 1.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Anchors

The chart below shows that 60.0% of anchors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.5% and German is the third-most popular at 4.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 60.0%
  • French, 12.5%
  • German, 4.5%
  • Chinese, 3.5%
  • Mandarin, 3.0%
  • Other, 16.5%

Anchor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among anchors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Anchor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the anchor position over time.

Male
Female
59%
56%
53%
50%
47%
44%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Anchor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of anchors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of anchors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Anchor

By looking over 5,418 anchors resumes, we figured out that the average anchor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Anchor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of anchor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of anchors is 40+ years old, which represents 45% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Anchors with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Anchor53%43%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Anchor
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Anchors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to anchors.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Contract Writer/Editor15.82%
Anchor19.36%
Ad Copy Writer22.69%
News Broadcaster25.03%
Lexicographer27.03%
Opinion Editor28.26%
Public Relations Chairperson30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Anchor?

male-income
Male Income
$123,063
female-income
Female Income
$118,870

Anchor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and Hispanic or Latino women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$139,217
$131,157
$123,097
$115,036
$106,976
$98,916
$90,856
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Anchor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$131,157
Master's Degree$182,326

Anchor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$202,307
$182,326
$162,346
$142,366
$122,385
$102,405
$82,425
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Anchor Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an anchor can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of anchors is $61,392. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Anchors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where anchors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Anchors Located?

By looking through more than 5,418 resumes, we found that the most popular places for anchors are OH, Lancaster and NY, New York.

Number of Anchors

Anchor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ anchors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most anchors is the media industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire anchors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Anchor Work In

Employees with the anchor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most anchors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Education

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ anchors. Those industries include media, education and retail.

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Media

Education

Fortune 500

Retail

Health Care

Anchor Jobs