Reporter Statistics in the US

The average employee age for reporters is 39 years. The reporter workforce reached a whopping 23,879 in 2020!

Among reporters, we discovered that 52.6% of them are women, while 42.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among reporters is White, which makes up 69.8% of all reporters. Comparatively, there are 14.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Reporters are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, reporters are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about reporter demographics? We analyzed 28,344 reporters 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.

Reporter Diversity

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

Reporter Gender Ratio

Among reporters, 52.6% of them are women compared to 42.6% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 52.6%
  • Male, 42.6%
  • Unknown, 4.8%

Reporter Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among reporters is White, which makes up 69.8% of all reporters. Comparatively, there are 14.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 69.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.9%
  • Black or African American, 7.6%
  • Asian, 6.5%
  • Unknown, 1.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Reporters

The chart below shows that 47.1% of reporters speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 16.1% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 47.1%
  • French, 16.1%
  • Chinese, 5.0%
  • Mandarin, 4.9%
  • German, 4.1%
  • Other, 22.8%

Reporter 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 reporters.

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

Reporter Gender Over Time

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

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

Reporter 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 reporters changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Reporter

By looking over 28,344 reporters resumes, we figured out that the average reporter enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 38%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Reporter Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of reporter employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of reporters 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 Reporters 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%
Reporter43%53%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Reporter
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Reporters 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 reporters.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Health Science Writer15.82%
Reporter19.36%
Senior Writer22.69%
Announcer25.03%
Interpreter27.03%
Health Editor28.26%
Communications Associate30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Reporter?

male-income
Male Income
$46,565
female-income
Female Income
$45,696

Reporter 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
$49,975
$48,260
$46,546
$44,831
$43,117
$41,402
$39,687
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Reporter 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$48,260
Master's Degree$57,718

Reporter 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
$61,601
$57,718
$53,836
$49,954
$46,071
$42,189
$38,307
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Reporter Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a reporter can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of reporters is $29,150. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Reporters Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Reporters Located?

By looking through more than 28,344 resumes, we found that the most popular places for reporters are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Reporters

Where Are Reporters In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country reporters are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Reporter Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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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 Reporter Work In

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

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

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

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Media

Manufacturing

Finance

Hospitality

Internet

Reporter Jobs