Journalist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Thomson Reuters
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Average Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a journalist make?
As a Journalist in the USA, you can expect to earn on average $53,378 per year or $25.66 per hour. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about 51,000. The top 10 percent earn over $84,000, while the bottom 10 percent make less than $33,000 annually. Media companies and Finance companies have the most job opportunities for Journalists. The top 5 states when it comes to Journalist salaries are Oregon, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most Journalists spend 2.7 years in the position.
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Average Journalist Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Journalist in the USA is $53,378 annually or $25.66 hourly. Washington, DC reports the highest Journalist salaries at $80,285 per year. The average starting salary in Washington, DC for Journalists is $41,000. Oregon, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington are the states with the highest payscale for Journalists. Michigan, New Hampshire, Arizona, Maine, and Vermont are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map of Journalist Salaries

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

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Average Journalist Salary By Company

Journalist jobs offer good job security, but the wages reported in some industries are higher than others. Media companies and Finance companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. Thomson Reuters and The Walt Disney Company are the best paying companies for Journalists. In addition, companies like Bloomberg and Move report highly competitive salaries for Journalists.

Journalist Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Journalist Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Journalist can range from $33,542 to $37,294 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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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