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Journalist Average Salary in United States 2023

How much money does a Journalist make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
110,000 USD
( 9,190 USD monthly)


A person working as a Journalist in United States typically earns around 110,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 55,100 USD (lowest) to 171,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Journalist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Journalist salaries in United States range from 55,100 USD per year (minimum salary) to 171,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 110,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Journalist(s) are earning less than 110,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 110,000 USD. 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 74,400 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 74,400 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Journalist(s) are earning less than 141,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 141,000 USD.

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 66,100 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 87,600 USD per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 117,000 USD per year, 34% 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 140,000 USD per year, 19% 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 151,000 USD per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 162,000 USD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Journalist average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
66,100 USD
2 - 5 Years+32%
87,600 USD
5 - 10 Years+34%
117,000 USD
10 - 15 Years+19%
140,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+8%
151,000 USD
20+ Years+7%
162,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Journalist
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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 82,900 USD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 94,500 USD per year, 14% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 128,000 USD per year, 36% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 162,000 USD per year, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Journalist average salary difference by education level in United States

High School
82,900 USD
Certificate or Diploma+14%
94,500 USD
Bachelor's Degree+36%
128,000 USD
Master's Degree+26%
162,000 USD
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 United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(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

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Journalist
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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 United States earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

113,000 USD
108,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Journalist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

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


Journalist(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% 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.

United States / All Professions

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 United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2022. 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 United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States 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.

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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.

Journalist Average Hourly Wage in United States

53 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 53 USD. This means that the average Journalist in United States earns approximately 53 USD 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 yearly United States
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The average salary for Journalist is 27% more than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist86,000 USD-22%
3D Designer84,700 USD-23%
3D Generalist70,000 USD-37%
3D Visualization Specialist89,000 USD-19%
Acrobatic Rigger57,000 USD-48%
Actor115,000 USD+4%
Associate Media Director102,000 USD-7%
Associate Producer121,000 USD+10%
Broadcast Associate63,400 USD-43%
Broadcast News Analyst91,900 USD-17%
Broadcast Technician50,900 USD-54%
Broadcasting Journalist107,000 USD-3%
Broadcasting Presenter107,000 USD-3%
Camera Equipment Repairer61,100 USD-45%
Cartoonist / Animator81,500 USD-26%
CAS Engineer92,800 USD-16%
Censorship Executive100,000 USD-9%
Choreographer74,800 USD-32%
Colorist45,100 USD-59%
Communications Manager132,000 USD+20%
Correspondent100,000 USD-9%
Dance Director90,600 USD-18%
Dancer74,900 USD-32%
Director of Photography95,000 USD-14%
Disc Jockey58,300 USD-47%
Editorial Assistant46,900 USD-57%
Events Manager92,500 USD-16%
Graphic Designer63,000 USD-43%
Illustrator69,200 USD-37%
Instructional Designer55,900 USD-49%
Journalist110,000 USD-0%
Makeup Artist56,800 USD-48%
Media Design Manager150,000 USD+36%
Media Equipment Operator50,400 USD-54%
Media Operations Manager123,000 USD+12%
Media Producer110,000 USD-0%
Media Product Development Manager154,000 USD+40%
Media Program Director161,000 USD+46%
Media Relations Manager157,000 USD+42%
Media Sales Manager169,000 USD+53%
Movement and Dance Coordinator90,400 USD-18%
Multimedia Coordinator62,400 USD-43%
Multimedia Designer58,100 USD-47%
Music Consultant76,600 USD-31%
Musician65,600 USD-41%
News Associate78,100 USD-29%
News Reporter106,000 USD-4%
Producer141,000 USD+28%
Product Designer61,300 USD-44%
Production Artist76,600 USD-31%
Production Assistant54,200 USD-51%
Production Director128,000 USD+16%
Production Technician54,300 USD-51%
Program Researcher93,700 USD-15%
Promotion Coordinator71,800 USD-35%
Sound Engineer74,300 USD-33%
Stage Technician44,400 USD-60%
Sub Editor53,200 USD-52%
Television Executive Producer172,000 USD+56%
Transmission Engineer87,100 USD-21%
Video Editor65,800 USD-40%
Video Producer82,300 USD-25%
Videographer79,700 USD-28%
Visual Designer80,100 USD-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta98,500 USD
Austin114,000 USD
Baltimore103,000 USD
Boston107,000 USD
Bristol85,400 USD
Chicago133,000 USD
Cincinnati95,300 USD
Cleveland98,700 USD
Dallas116,000 USD
Denver113,000 USD
Detroit105,000 USD
Honolulu89,300 USD
Houston121,000 USD
Indianapolis119,000 USD
Iowa City89,800 USD
Jacksonville114,000 USD
Kansas City104,000 USD
Kent91,000 USD
Las Vegas106,000 USD
Long Beach101,000 USD
Los Angeles129,000 USD
Memphis106,000 USD
Miami97,300 USD
Minneapolis103,000 USD
New Orleans96,000 USD
New York124,000 USD
Oakland99,100 USD
Oklahoma City110,000 USD
Orlando88,700 USD
Philadelphia124,000 USD
Phoenix128,000 USD
Sacramento105,000 USD
San Antonio118,000 USD
San Diego122,000 USD
San Francisco117,000 USD
San Jose120,000 USD
Seattle117,000 USD
Tampa92,000 USD
Vancouver92,600 USD
Washington D.C.109,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama109,000 USD
Alaska95,500 USD
Arizona113,000 USD
Arkansas105,000 USD
California119,000 USD
Colorado108,000 USD
Connecticut104,000 USD
Delaware97,000 USD
District of Columbia94,800 USD
Florida118,000 USD
Georgia116,000 USD
Hawaii98,700 USD
Idaho98,600 USD
Illinois116,000 USD
Indiana111,000 USD
Iowa102,000 USD
Kansas102,000 USD
Kentucky105,000 USD
Louisiana105,000 USD
Maine96,800 USD
Maryland109,000 USD
Massachusetts109,000 USD
Michigan113,000 USD
Minnesota107,000 USD
Mississippi100,000 USD
Missouri108,000 USD
Montana95,100 USD
Nebraska98,100 USD
Nevada100,000 USD
New Hampshire95,800 USD
New Jersey111,000 USD
New Mexico98,700 USD
New York115,000 USD
North Carolina112,000 USD
North Dakota101,000 USD
Ohio125,000 USD
Oklahoma113,000 USD
Oregon113,000 USD
Pennsylvania125,000 USD
Rhode Island103,000 USD
South Carolina115,000 USD
South Dakota102,000 USD
Tennessee119,000 USD
Texas127,000 USD
Utah108,000 USD
Vermont99,800 USD
Virginia121,000 USD
Washington120,000 USD
West Virginia106,000 USD
Wisconsin116,000 USD
Wyoming98,200 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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