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Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for Journalists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 6,536 Journalists currently employed in the United States.
  • 53.4% of all Journalists are women, while 46.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed Journalist is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of Journalists is White (70.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (12.0%) and Asian (8.5%).
  • The majority of Journalists are located in NY, New York and DC, Washington.
  • Journalists are most in-demand in San Antonio, TX.
  • Journalists are paid an average annual salary of $55,774.
  • The Technology industry is the highest-paying for Journalists.
  • Cincinnati, OH pays an annual average wage of $75,040, the highest in the US.
  • Journalists average starting salary is $35,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 100% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid Journalists earn as much as $87,000 or more.
  • 13% of all Journalists are LGBT.
  • New York is the best state for Journalists to live.
  • Journalists are more likely to work at Private companies in comparison to Public companies.

Journalist Statistics By Gender

Among Journalists, 53.4% of them are women compared to 46.6% which are men.

  • Female, 53.4%
  • Male, 46.6%

Journalists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female53.4%
Male46.6%

Gender Pay Gap For Journalist

Women Earn 100¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$58,078
female-income
Female Income
$57,802

Journalist Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Journalist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201046.68%53.32%
201146.24%53.76%
201246.21%53.79%
201349.24%50.76%
201451.80%48.20%
201545.84%54.16%
201647.80%52.20%
201744.59%55.41%
201849.22%50.78%
201945.67%54.33%

Journalist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, Public Address Announcer and Track Announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Paraprofessional Interpreter12%88%
Deaf Interpreter15%85%
Fashion Journalist15%85%
Journalist47%53%
Sports Announcer91%9%
Track Announcer92%8%
Public Address Announcer93%7%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Journalist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among Journalists is White, which makes up 70.8% of all Journalists. Comparatively, there are 12.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.5% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 70.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 12.0%
  • Asian, 8.5%
  • Black or African American, 5.4%
  • Unknown, 3.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Journalist Race

Journalist RacePercentages
White70.8%
Hispanic or Latino12.0%
Asian8.5%
Black or African American5.4%
Unknown3.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Journalist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among Journalists.

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

Journalist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201073.86%7.27%6.16%10.59%
201176.26%5.43%5.87%9.44%
201273.84%7.19%6.80%10.01%
201372.85%6.97%6.42%11.79%
201472.29%6.41%6.76%11.44%
201571.13%7.94%5.91%11.85%
201674.15%4.68%6.64%10.19%
201771.84%5.93%6.63%12.57%
201869.87%7.46%6.91%13.59%
201970.78%5.36%8.54%12.01%

Journalist Wage Gap By Race

Black or African American Journalists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White Journalists have the lowest average salary at $55,204.
$64,000
$62,000
$60,000
$58,000
$56,000
$54,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$57,021
White$55,204
Black or African American$62,030
Asian$58,087
Hispanic or Latino$57,357

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Average Age of a Journalist

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

Male
Female

Journalist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown38.5
White4437
Black or African American42.5
Asian48.535
Hispanic or Latino3333

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 49% of the population.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Journalist Age

Journalist YearsPercentages
20-30 years22%
30-40 years29%
40+ years49%

Types of Journalist Degree Levels

The most common degree for Journalists is Bachelor's Degree 74% of Journalists earn that degree. A close second is Master's Degree with 11% and rounding it off is Associate Degree with 8%.

  • Bachelors, 74%
  • Masters, 11%
  • Associate, 8%
  • High School Diploma, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Journalists By Education

Journalist DegreePercentages
Bachelors74%
Masters11%
Associate8%
High School Diploma3%
Other Degrees4%

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Journalist Wage Gap By Education

$69,000
$67,000
$65,000
$63,000
$61,000
$59,000
$57,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$66,845
Bachelor's Degree$58,078

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.

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Journalist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees13%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees15%
500 - 1,000 employees18%
1,000 - 10,000 employees42%
> 10,000 employees10%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Journalist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education9%
Public17%
Private63%
Government10%

Top Industries Hiring Journalists

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, Government and Manufacturing.

Media

Government

Manufacturing

Education

Retail

Journalist Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Journalist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearJournalist Unemployment Rate
20106.18%
20115.45%
20125.99%
20133.17%
20144.18%
20154.87%
20162.80%
20172.13%
20182.79%
20194.35%

The Average Number of Years That Journalist Stay in a Job

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Journalist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year29%
1-2 years32%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years5%
11+ years9%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Arabic Linguist5.97%73800.00%
Technical Writer Lead10.15%101,359
Executive Editor11.70%86,317
Journalist13.42%
Lobbyist14.99%23100.00%
Author15.93%1,388
Weathercaster19.74%5200.00%

Journalist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Arabic Linguist5.97%738
Technical Writer Lead10.15%101,359
Executive Editor11.70%86,317
Lobbyist14.99%231
Author15.93%1,388
Weathercaster19.74%52

Foreign Languages Spoken By Journalists

The most common foreign language among Journalists is Spanish at 37.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.7% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 8.1%.

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

Journalist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish37.0%
French14.7%
Chinese8.1%
Mandarin6.9%
German5.3%
Other28.0%

Journalist Jobs

Recently Added Journalist Jobs

Journalist Heatmaps

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