News anchor earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

News anchor salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alabama $76,723
Arkansas $68,760
Arizona $74,830
California $67,230
Colorado $71,190
District of Columbia $93,890
Florida $73,200
Georgia $51,500
Idaho $72,420
Illinois $75,671
Indiana $68,000
Kentucky $93,630
Louisiana $45,670
Maryland $73,550
Minnesota $43,020
Missouri $62,280
Mississippi $54,090
North Carolina $71,760
North Dakota $66,840
New Jersey $30,510
Nevada $55,590
New York $78,960
Ohio $57,770
Pennsylvania $54,390
South Carolina $49,450
Tennessee $45,680
Texas $64,050
Utah $60,490
Virginia $68,220
Washington $92,220
Wisconsin $77,310

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 PayScale.com, 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)