Reporters and Correspondents Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for reporters and correspondents in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of reporters and correspondents amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Reporters and Correspondents in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,410
25th Percentile Wage
$32,170
50th Percentile Wage
$40,970
75th Percentile Wage
$62,370
90th Percentile Wage
$87,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for reporters and correspondents in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $87,930. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $40,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,410.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.70
25th Percentile Wage
$15.47
50th Percentile Wage
$19.70
75th Percentile Wage
$29.98
90th Percentile Wage
$42.28

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for reporters and correspondents in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $42.28. The median hourly salary is $19.70. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.70.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of reporters and correspondents from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201640,9703.86%-0.24%
201539,390-4.47%-
201441,1501.43%-
201340,560-1.26%-
201241,070--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Reporters and Correspondents in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of reporters and correspondents in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of reporters and correspondents in state of California ranges from $25,820 to $60,590. The highest paying area for reporters and correspondents in California is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $60,590. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $48,450). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $25,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$60,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$48,450
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$44,450
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$44,170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$43,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$42,800
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$42,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$42,280
Salinas
$41,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$41,340
Fresno
$41,040
Stockton
$40,590
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$40,540
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$40,220
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$38,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$37,560
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,000
Vallejo-Fairfield
$30,690
Chico
$26,970
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$25,820



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