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Journalist Average Salary in Portugal 2020

How much money does a Journalist make in Portugal?

Average Monthly Salary
4,440 EUR
( 53,300 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Journalist in Portugal typically earns around 4,440 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,180 EUR (lowest) to 6,930 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Journalist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Journalist Salary Distribution in Portugal

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Journalist salaries in Portugal range from 2,180 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 6,930 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,530 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Journalist(s) are earning less than 4,530 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,530 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Journalist(s) are earning less than 3,020 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,020 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Journalist(s) are earning less than 5,840 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,840 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Journalist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Journalist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Journalist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,580 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,320 EUR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,580 EUR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Journalist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,670 EUR per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 6,070 EUR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 6,480 EUR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Journalist average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
2,580 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
3,320 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
4,580 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
5,670 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
6,070 EUR
20+ Years+7%
6,480 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Journalist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Journalist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Journalist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Journalist is 3,220 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,700 EUR per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,980 EUR per month, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 6,260 EUR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Journalist average salary difference by education level in Portugal

High School
3,220 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+15%
3,700 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+35%
4,980 EUR
Master's Degree+26%
6,260 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Portugal costs anywhere from 24,300 Euro(s) to 72,800 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Journalist Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Journalist employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

4,310 EUR
4,550 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Journalist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Journalist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Journalist(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Portugal / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Journalist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Journalist
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A Journalist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Journalist employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,730 EUR
Public Sector+6%
5,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Journalist Salary Trend and Forecast in Portugal

How are Journalist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
3,940 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
4,090 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
4,200 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
4,280 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Journalist salaries in Portugal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Journalist Average Hourly Wage in Portugal

26 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 26 EUR. This means that the average Journalist in Portugal earns approximately 26 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Journalist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Journalist and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Journalist is 3% less than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist3,870 EUR-13%
3D Designer3,880 EUR-13%
3D Generalist3,900 EUR-12%
3D Visualization Specialist4,090 EUR-8%
Acrobatic Rigger3,470 EUR-22%
Actor6,020 EUR+36%
Associate Media Director4,820 EUR+9%
Associate Producer5,730 EUR+29%
Broadcast Associate3,380 EUR-24%
Broadcast News Analyst4,300 EUR-3%
Broadcast Technician2,920 EUR-34%
Broadcasting Journalist4,500 EUR+1%
Broadcasting Presenter5,240 EUR+18%
Camera Equipment Repairer2,810 EUR-37%
Cartoonist / Animator3,840 EUR-14%
CAS Engineer4,530 EUR+2%
Censorship Executive5,300 EUR+19%
Choreographer4,450 EUR+0%
Colorist2,770 EUR-38%
Communications Manager5,940 EUR+34%
Correspondent4,990 EUR+12%
Dance Director4,470 EUR+1%
Dancer3,830 EUR-14%
Director of Photography4,820 EUR+9%
Disc Jockey3,360 EUR-24%
Editorial Assistant3,120 EUR-30%
Events Manager4,330 EUR-2%
Graphic Designer2,910 EUR-34%
Illustrator3,450 EUR-22%
Instructional Designer3,630 EUR-18%
Journalist4,440 EUR-0%
Makeup Artist3,760 EUR-15%
Media Design Manager6,260 EUR+41%
Media Equipment Operator2,990 EUR-33%
Media Operations Manager5,970 EUR+34%
Media Producer4,590 EUR+3%
Media Product Development Manager6,650 EUR+50%
Media Program Director6,900 EUR+55%
Media Relations Manager6,490 EUR+46%
Media Sales Manager7,170 EUR+61%
Movement and Dance Coordinator4,260 EUR-4%
Multimedia Coordinator4,130 EUR-7%
Multimedia Designer3,560 EUR-20%
Music Consultant3,780 EUR-15%
Musician3,140 EUR-29%
News Associate3,630 EUR-18%
News Reporter5,360 EUR+21%
Producer7,030 EUR+58%
Product Designer3,420 EUR-23%
Production Artist3,780 EUR-15%
Production Assistant3,410 EUR-23%
Production Director5,450 EUR+23%
Production Technician3,030 EUR-32%
Program Researcher4,690 EUR+6%
Promotion Coordinator3,720 EUR-16%
Sound Engineer4,290 EUR-3%
Stage Technician3,140 EUR-29%
Sub Editor3,460 EUR-22%
Television Executive Producer7,640 EUR+72%
Transmission Engineer4,120 EUR-7%
Video Editor3,550 EUR-20%
Video Producer4,040 EUR-9%
Videographer3,740 EUR-16%
Visual Designer4,110 EUR-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal4,290 EUR
Lisbon5,230 EUR
Porto4,790 EUR
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