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Journalist Salary

  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $69,500 $5,791 $1,336 $33
75th Percentile $45,500 $3,791 $875 $22
Average $42,390 $3,532 $815 $20
25th Percentile $29,500 $2,458 $567 $14
$22,000 - $27,499
9% of jobs
$29,500 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$27,500 - $32,999
25% of jobs
$33,000 - $38,499
17% of jobs
The average salary is $42,390 a year
$38,500 - $43,999
21% of jobs
$45,500 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$44,000 - $49,499
7% of jobs
$49,500 - $54,999
4% of jobs
$55,000 - $60,499
5% of jobs
$60,500 - $65,999
3% of jobs
$69,500 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$66,000 - $71,499
1% of jobs
$71,500 - $76,999
1% of jobs
$77,000 - $82,500
2% of jobs

National Average

$22,000 $42,390/year $20/hour $82,500
Journalist Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

As of Nov 22, 2020, the average annual pay for a Journalist in the United States is $42,390 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $20.38 an hour. This is the equivalent of $815/week or $3,532/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $82,500 and as low as $22,000, the majority of Journalist salaries currently range between $29,500 (25th percentile) to $45,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $69,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Journalist varies greatly (by as much as $16,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Journalist job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Journalist in your area makes on average $42,972 per year, or $582 (1%) more than the national average annual salary of $42,390. Virginia ranks number 5 out of 50 states nationwide for Journalist salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Journalist jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Journalist on ZipRecruiter today.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Journalist Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Journalist job is above the national average. Topping the list is San Mateo, CA, with Richmond, CA and Stamford, CT close behind in the second and third positions. Stamford, CT beats the national average by $7,220 (15.7%), and San Mateo, CA furthers that trend with another $12,103 (25.0%) above the $42,390 average.

Importantly, San Mateo, CA has a moderately active Journalist job market with only a few companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Journalist appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 13% between San Mateo, CA and Paterson, NJ, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Journalist role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
San Mateo, CA$54,494$4,541$1,048$26.20
Richmond, CA$50,949$4,246$980$24.49
Stamford, CT$49,611$4,134$954$23.85
Bellevue, WA$49,492$4,124$952$23.79
Brooklyn, NY$48,865$4,072$940$23.49
New Haven, CT$48,433$4,036$931$23.28
San Francisco, CA$48,156$4,013$926$23.15
Lakes, AK$47,996$4,000$923$23.07
Brockton, MA$47,944$3,995$922$23.05
Paterson, NJ$47,542$3,962$914$22.86

Top 5 Best Paying Related Journalist Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Journalist job category that pay more per year than a typical Journalist salary. Top examples of these roles include: Data Journalist, Television News, and Travel Journalist.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $24,894 (45.4%) and $65,364 (87.1%) more than the average Journalist salary of $42,390. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Journalist jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Journalist position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Data Journalist$107,754$8,980$2,072$51.80
Television News$73,975$6,165$1,423$35.56
Travel Journalist$67,767$5,647$1,303$32.58
Economics Journalist$67,371$5,614$1,296$32.39
Web Journalist$67,284$5,607$1,294$32.35
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.

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