Average Anchor Salary
$87,000 yearly
$31.07 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$55,000
10 %
$87,000
Median
$140,000
90 %
Anchors in the United States make an average salary of $87,867 per year or $42.24 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level anchor salary is roughly $55,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $140,000. If you like following the crowd, media and education companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out technology, retail, and manufacturing companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, and Louisiana provide the highest anchor salaries.

Average Anchor Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where anchors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Anchor average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$52,654
$52,654
$25.31
$25.31
Alaska
Alaska
$75,383
$75,383
$36.24
$36.24
Arizona
Arizona
$74,881
$74,881
$36.00
$36.00
Arkansas
Arkansas
$63,707
$63,707
$30.63
$30.63
California
California
$77,595
$77,595
$37.31
$37.31
Colorado
Colorado
$65,753
$65,753
$31.61
$31.61
Connecticut
Connecticut
$70,864
$70,864
$34.07
$34.07
Delaware
Delaware
$71,157
$71,157
$34.21
$34.21
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$91,437
$91,437
$43.96
$43.96
Florida
Florida
$73,263
$73,263
$35.22
$35.22
Georgia
Georgia
$73,848
$73,848
$35.50
$35.50
Hawaii
Hawaii
$80,912
$80,912
$38.90
$38.90
Idaho
Idaho
$61,847
$61,847
$29.73
$29.73
Illinois
Illinois
$69,361
$69,361
$33.35
$33.35
Indiana
Indiana
$65,415
$65,415
$31.45
$31.45
Iowa
Iowa
$69,277
$69,277
$33.31
$33.31
Kansas
Kansas
$68,317
$68,317
$32.84
$32.84
Kentucky
Kentucky
$71,992
$71,992
$34.61
$34.61
Louisiana
Louisiana
$83,697
$83,697
$40.24
$40.24
Maine
Maine
$82,069
$82,069
$39.46
$39.46
Maryland
Maryland
$85,242
$85,242
$40.98
$40.98
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$79,542
$79,542
$38.24
$38.24
Michigan
Michigan
$72,252
$72,252
$34.74
$34.74
Minnesota
Minnesota
$53,021
$53,021
$25.49
$25.49
Mississippi
Mississippi
$73,795
$73,795
$35.48
$35.48
Missouri
Missouri
$83,136
$83,136
$39.97
$39.97
Montana
Montana
$61,652
$61,652
$29.64
$29.64
Nebraska
Nebraska
$68,119
$68,119
$32.75
$32.75
Nevada
Nevada
$60,055
$60,055
$28.87
$28.87
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$73,107
$73,107
$35.15
$35.15
New Jersey
New Jersey
$97,325
$97,325
$46.79
$46.79
New Mexico
New Mexico
$64,954
$64,954
$31.23
$31.23
New York
New York
$107,857
$107,857
$51.85
$51.85
North Carolina
North Carolina
$63,160
$63,160
$30.37
$30.37
North Dakota
North Dakota
$70,238
$70,238
$33.77
$33.77
Ohio
Ohio
$77,215
$77,215
$37.12
$37.12
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$73,518
$73,518
$35.35
$35.35
Oregon
Oregon
$77,750
$77,750
$37.38
$37.38
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$64,699
$64,699
$31.11
$31.11
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$75,194
$75,194
$36.15
$36.15
South Carolina
South Carolina
$72,483
$72,483
$34.85
$34.85
South Dakota
South Dakota
$66,060
$66,060
$31.76
$31.76
Tennessee
Tennessee
$65,177
$65,177
$31.34
$31.34
Texas
Texas
$62,533
$62,533
$30.06
$30.06
Utah
Utah
$66,430
$66,430
$31.94
$31.94
Vermont
Vermont
$91,283
$91,283
$43.89
$43.89
Virginia
Virginia
$67,085
$67,085
$32.25
$32.25
Washington
Washington
$70,763
$70,763
$34.02
$34.02
West Virginia
West Virginia
$77,482
$77,482
$37.25
$37.25
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$66,693
$66,693
$32.06
$32.06
Wyoming
Wyoming
$45,905
$45,905
$22.07
$22.07

Highest Paying Cities For Anchor

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
New York, NY
New York, NY
$111,344
$111,344
$53.53
$53.53
Taylor, MI
Taylor, MI
$72,351
$72,351
$34.78
$34.78
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
$65,854
$65,854
$31.66
$31.66

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Average Anchor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location

    How Much Do Anchors Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, anchor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, retail, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for anchors. For example, anchors make a whopping average salary of $115,102 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $100,591 at retail companies and $95,322 at manufacturing companies. But anchors may want to avoid working in the transportation industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $92,458.
    IndustryAvg. SalaryRange
    1. Technology
    $115,102
    $81k
    $125k
    2. Retail
    $100,591
    $81k
    $125k
    3. Manufacturing
    $95,322
    $81k
    $125k
    4. Education
    $94,773
    $81k
    $125k
    5. Media
    $94,677
    $81k
    $125k
    6. Transportation
    $92,458
    $81k
    $125k

    High Paying Anchor Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Staff Writer

    Avg. salary: $42,168

    A staff writer is a professional who works in the television (TV) or entertainment industry to provide standard content such as news reports, reviews, and features. Since writing content is important, staff writers must be able to collaborate and brainstorm ideas with other staff members in the production process. They must attend conferences, events, or seminars to meet other people in the industry. Staff writers must also possess knowledge in scriptwriting and an in-depth understanding of the entertainment industry.
    36,592 Staff Writer Jobs
    News Writer

    Avg. salary: $48,055

    A news writer is primarily responsible for producing informative written materials about current events, ensuring quality and accuracy. Their responsibilities typically revolve around conducting interviews, traveling to different locations, pursuing leads, researching public records, and submitting stories within the expected deadline and set format. Typically working for newspapers or web news platforms, a news writer must also review materials to fact-check and correct any errors, monitor the progress of events or cases, and coordinate with other staff.
    9,217 News Writer Jobs
    Journalist

    Avg. salary: $52,292

    A journalist is responsible for creating written correspondence, covering various subjects as the management requires. This task involves a lot of research investigations, conducting interviews, and gathering reliable sources to verify the authenticity of data before releasing the articles on news portals and other social platforms. Journalists should have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, conveying information to the target audience with high accuracy and efficiency. They analyze opinions and testimonies, create eye-catching headlines, and ensure adherence to deadlines.
    7,044 Journalist Jobs
    Editing Internship

    Avg. salary: $33,644

    An editorial intern is responsible for assisting the editorial department of an organization with publishing various media and digital content. Editorial interns shadow tenured editorial staff on researching stories, validating information, writing captivating articles, interviewing target audiences, and screening submitted manuscripts. They also assist in planning promotional strategies and marketing campaigns, such as monitoring press releases, posting on social media platforms, and developing marketing materials. An editorial intern must have excellent organizational skills, most importantly, a fast-learner to understand complex tasks and perform assigned duties under minimal supervision.
    37,044 Editing Internship Jobs
    Sports Internship

    Avg. salary: $43,274

    Sports Interns are on-the-job trainees who are taking sports sciences or other related courses in college. These students do their internship in a sports facility, sports clinic, or with a sports team. Sports interns help the company by working on administrative or clerical tasks. In the course of doing this, they learn how to manage sports facilities or clinics. Sports Interns may join training sessions to see how athletes train and to see how teams come together during training. They may also join sports caravans and expo fairs that the company takes part in. They may handle liaison and other events-related activities. Sports Interns also handle the equipment in the facility and other sports paraphernalia.
    36,273 Sports Internship Jobs
    Sports Reporter

    Avg. salary: $40,778

    Sports Reporters gather appropriate information for writing and sharing sports news. They attend sporting events and interview sports personalities, such as athletes and coaches.
    2,083 Sports Reporter Jobs

    Anchor Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an anchor can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Anchors The Most?

    To earn a high income as an anchor, working for The Walt Disney Company or Tegna might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Bloomberg and Nexstar Media Group report highly competitive wages for anchors.
    Company

    Recently Added Anchor Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Anchor/Reporter
    Anchor/Reporter
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    06/05/2021
    06/05/2021
    $120,000
    $120,000
    06/05/2021
    Software Engineering Anchor
    Software Engineering Anchor
    Farmington Hills, MI
    Farmington Hills, MI
    03/09/2021
    03/09/2021
    $111,093
    $111,093
    03/09/2021
    Credit Digital Marketing Software Engineering Anchor
    Credit Digital Marketing Software Engineering Anchor
    Dearborn, MI
    Dearborn, MI
    01/16/2020
    01/16/2020
    $90,189
    $90,189
    01/16/2020
    Digital Marketing Software Engineering Anchor
    Digital Marketing Software Engineering Anchor
    Dearborn, MI
    Dearborn, MI
    12/09/2019
    12/09/2019
    $95,285
    $95,285
    12/09/2019
    Digital Marketing Software Engineering Anchor
    Digital Marketing Software Engineering Anchor
    Dearborn, MI
    Dearborn, MI
    11/25/2019
    11/25/2019
    $95,285
    $95,285
    11/25/2019
    Anchor
    Anchor
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    11/18/2019
    11/18/2019
    $129,000
    $129,000
    11/18/2019
    Anchor/Reporter
    Anchor/Reporter
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    07/09/2019
    07/09/2019
    $48,000
    $48,000
    07/09/2019
    Anchor/Reporter
    Anchor/Reporter
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    07/01/2019
    07/01/2019
    $53,000
    $53,000
    07/01/2019
    Anchor/Reporter
    Anchor/Reporter
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    07/01/2019
    07/01/2019
    $53,000
    $53,000
    07/01/2019
    Anchor
    Anchor
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    06/18/2019
    06/18/2019
    $167,000
    $167,000
    06/18/2019

    Average Anchor Salary by Demographic

    Anchor Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $123,063
    female-income
    Female Income
    $118,870
    Median Anchor Income by Race
    Unknown anchors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White anchors have the lowest average salary at $100,660.
    $136,000
    $129,000
    $122,000
    $115,000
    $108,000
    $101,000
    $94,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$100,660
    Black or African American$121,908
    Asian$119,079
    Unknown$134,263
    Hispanic or Latino$128,923
    Average Anchor Salary by Education Level
    $174,000
    $164,000
    $154,000
    $144,000
    $134,000
    $124,000
    $114,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$123,063
    Master's Degree$171,075