Journalist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Journalist salary by state

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

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 33% less than similar careers in Wisconsin. On average, they make less than authors.

Career Median Salary
Author salary $50K
Television writer salary $50K
Copywriter salary $50K
Editor salary $46K
Proofreader salary $43K
Journalist salary $31K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)