Journalist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Journalist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $41,945
Alabama $29,164
Arkansas $27,378
Arizona $41,146
California $49,180
Colorado $41,630
Connecticut $35,920
District of Columbia $100,550
Delaware $38,970
Florida $45,480
Georgia $45,140
Guam $25,590
Hawaii $43,250
Iowa $31,145
Idaho $34,390
Illinois $48,097
Indiana $45,473
Kansas $45,305
Kentucky $47,905
Louisiana $50,070
Massachusetts $44,060
Maryland $43,320
Maine $39,290
Michigan $36,890
Minnesota $38,110
Missouri $37,980
Mississippi $28,010
Montana $24,090
North Carolina $33,990
North Dakota $35,750
Nebraska $34,060
New Hampshire $37,420
New Jersey $52,560
New Mexico $37,420
Nevada $41,270
New York $81,930
Ohio $34,430
Oklahoma $34,980
Oregon $33,590
Pennsylvania $39,600
Puerto Rico $42,250
Rhode Island $35,800
South Carolina $35,220
South Dakota $29,950
Tennessee $29,200
Texas $36,610
Utah $40,960
Virginia $39,520
Vermont $35,200
Washington $46,310
Wisconsin $31,020
West Virginia $32,030
Wyoming $29,410

How much does a Journalist earn?

If you're fortunate enough to get and keep a job in the current climate, it is possible to make a decent salary in print, online, or broadcast journalism. A journalist salary depends on what media market you're in, your specific job, and how much experience you have.

A journalist working for a big paper in a major media market can make more than someone at a smaller paper in a smaller market. The competition for jobs at big papers in large cities is more intense than for papers in small towns. Typically, the biggest papers hire people with many years of experience, who would expect to be paid more than someone just starting out.

In rough terms, journalist salaries at small papers are $20,000 to $30,000; at medium-sized papers, $35,000 to $55,000; and at large papers, $60,000 and up. Editors earn a bit more. At the low end of the salary scale, beginning TV reporters make about the same as beginning newspaper reporters. But in big media markets, salaries for TV reporters and anchors skyrocket. Reporters at stations in large cities can earn well into the six figures, and anchors in large media markets can earn $1 million or more annually.

How do journalist salaries compare to similar careers?

Journalists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than editors but more than sports writers.

Career Median Salary
Editor salary $53K
Photojournalist salary $36K
Content manager salary $40K
Translator salary $35K
Proofreader salary $39K
Journalist salary $37K
News reporter salary $27K
Blogger salary $26K
Sports writer salary $24K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)