News anchor earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

News anchor salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Kentucky $93,630
Washington $92,220
District of Columbia $93,890
Illinois $75,671
New York $78,960
California $67,230
Alabama $76,723
Arizona $74,830
Florida $73,200
North Carolina $71,760
Colorado $71,190
Wisconsin $77,310
Texas $64,050
Maryland $73,550
Idaho $72,420
Missouri $62,280
Arkansas $68,760
Indiana $68,000
Ohio $57,770
Utah $60,490
North Dakota $66,840
Mississippi $54,090
Nevada $55,590
Tennessee $45,680
Louisiana $45,670
South Carolina $49,450
New Jersey $30,510

How much does a News Anchor earn?

A news anchor salary depends upon the size of the market in which you're employed, the amount of education you've completed, and the employer for whom you work. According to, news anchors earned between $30,773 and $129,253 a year in January 2016.

In order to get the highest salary possible, it is wise to consider pursuing an bachelor's degree and possibly a master's degree in journalism, English, communications or a related field. Experience, which can also include internships, is also very important.

Working for large national news markets will earn you a higher salary, which are typically found in major cities and metropolitan areas. Entry-level news anchors usually start out in a small market that may not pay as much but may serve as a stepping stone for advancement.

How do news anchor salaries compare to similar careers?

News anchors earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make more than producers.

Career Median Salary
News anchor salary $67K
Talent agent salary $66K
Talent director salary $72K
Filmmaker salary $73K
Producer salary $72K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)