Journalist Statistics in the US

The average employee age for journalists is 39 years. The journalist workforce reached a whopping 6,536 in 2020!

Among journalists, we discovered that 50.5% of them are women, while 42.4% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among journalists is White, which makes up 69.6% of all journalists. Comparatively, there are 13.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Journalists are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, journalists are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about journalist demographics? We analyzed 8,964 journalists 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.

Journalist Diversity

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

Journalist Gender Ratio

Among journalists, 50.5% of them are women compared to 42.4% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 50.5%
  • Male, 42.4%
  • Unknown, 7.1%

Journalist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among journalists is White, which makes up 69.6% of all journalists. Comparatively, there are 13.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 69.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.7%
  • Black or African American, 7.5%
  • Asian, 7.0%
  • Unknown, 1.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Journalists

The chart below shows that 37.0% of journalists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 8.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 37.0%
  • French, 14.7%
  • Chinese, 8.1%
  • Mandarin, 6.9%
  • German, 5.3%
  • Other, 28.0%

Journalist 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 journalists.

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

Journalist Gender Over Time

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

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

Journalist 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 journalists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Journalist

By looking over 8,964 journalists resumes, we figured out that the average journalist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Journalist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of journalist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of journalists 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 Journalists 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%
Journalist42%50%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Journalist
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Journalists 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 journalists.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Senior Technical Writer And Editor15.82%
Journalist19.36%
Chief Writer22.69%
Sports Broadcaster25.03%
Interpretive Program Coordinator27.03%
Assistant Sports Editor28.26%
Sustainability Internship30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Journalist?

male-income
Male Income
$45,245
female-income
Female Income
$44,549

Journalist 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
$47,989
$46,608
$45,226
$43,844
$42,462
$41,081
$39,699
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Journalist 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$46,608
Master's Degree$54,009

Journalist 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
$57,080
$54,009
$50,937
$47,866
$44,794
$41,723
$38,651
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Journalist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a journalist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of journalists is $36,536. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Journalists Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Journalists Located?

By looking through more than 8,964 resumes, we found that the most popular places for journalists are NY, New York and DC, Washington.

Number of Journalists

Journalist Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Journalist Jobs Are Remote?

3.7% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

96.3% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

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

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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 Journalist Work In

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

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Government

Private

Public

Education

Industry Concentration

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

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Media

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Education

Finance

Journalist Jobs