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How Much Does a Journalist Earn In The United States?

Journalist Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
$32,000
$52,000
$83,000
Journalists in the United States make an average salary of $52,292 per year or $25.14 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $32,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $83,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Alaska, and Hawaii provide the highest journalist salaries.
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Where Journalists Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Journalists Earn In Different Cities?

While a journalist can average a salary of $52,292 per year, or $25.14 per hour, there are many opportunities for journalists to make more. For example, in New York, NY you might make $70,307 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA and Eugene, OR. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to New York, NY where the average starting salary is $38,000. The highest paying states for journalists include New York, New Jersey and Vermont. Meanwhile, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Texas offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. New York, NY
$70,307
Avg. Salary
$32k
$96k
2. Washington, DC
$57,796
Avg. Salary
$32k
$96k
3. San Francisco, CA
$56,756
Avg. Salary
$32k
$96k
4. Eugene, OR
$54,065
Avg. Salary
$32k
$96k
5. Saint Louis, MO
$53,616
Avg. Salary
$32k
$96k
6. Rockville, MD
$53,171
Avg. Salary
$32k
$96k

High Paying Journalist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Journalists The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a journalist, being employed by a company such as Thomson Reuters or Bloomberg would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Umi Company and Daily News also report highly competitive salaries for journalists.
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$110k
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$28k
$110k
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$28k
$110k
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$28k
$110k
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$28k
$110k

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Paul Mitchell Ph.D.

Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention, University of Nevada - Reno

The misconception is that there is no money in the communications fields. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our journalism majors are employed (in the last several years) at a higher rate than most of the other majors. My guess is starting salaries will continue to be on the rise.Show more

Journalist Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Journalist Salaries

    The salary for a journalist 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.

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