Sports writer earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level sports writer earnings begin at:

$18.45 per hour

$38,380 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level sports writer earnings begin at:

$15.88 per hour

$33,020 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level sports writer earnings begin at:

$13.24 per hour

$27,530 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level sports writer earnings begin at:

$11.02 per hour

$22,910 per year

10th percentile

Starting level sports writer earnings begin at:

$9.25 per hour

$19,230 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Sports writer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
North Dakota $38,260
Indiana $37,180
New York $34,570
Texas $33,700
Michigan $30,960
Alaska $30,790
Washington $30,660
Arizona $29,790
California $29,760
New Jersey $29,600
Missouri $29,340
Pennsylvania $29,230
Connecticut $28,650
Illinois $28,560
Maryland $28,460
Delaware $28,350
Iowa $28,300
South Dakota $27,970
Virginia $27,410
Florida $24,360
Minnesota $23,890
Alabama $23,850
Kansas $23,720
Nevada $23,710
Louisiana $23,550
Nebraska $23,540
Oregon $22,780
South Carolina $22,090
Ohio $21,320
New Mexico $19,380
Montana $19,020
Oklahoma $18,280
Mississippi $17,800
Kentucky $17,670

How do sports writer salaries compare to similar careers?

Sports writers earn 37% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than athletic trainers.

Career Median Salary
Athletic trainer salary $48K
Referee salary $36K
Sports scout salary $39K
Proofreader salary $44K
Fitness trainer salary $41K
Sports writer salary $28K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)