Reporters and Correspondents Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for reporters and correspondents in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of reporters and correspondents amongst Illinois cities 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 Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,400
25th Percentile Wage
$25,980
50th Percentile Wage
$31,340
75th Percentile Wage
$48,900
90th Percentile Wage
$71,790

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for reporters and correspondents in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $71,790. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $31,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,400.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$9.33
25th Percentile Wage
$12.49
50th Percentile Wage
$15.07
75th Percentile Wage
$23.51
90th Percentile Wage
$34.52

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for reporters and correspondents in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $34.52. The median hourly salary is $15.07. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $9.33.

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
201631,3402.78%-25.69%
201530,470-18.58%-
201436,13010.63%-
201332,290-21.99%-
201239,390--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of reporters and correspondents in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of reporters and correspondents in state of Illinois ranges from $20,230 to $35,820. The highest paying area for reporters and correspondents in Illinois is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) with a median annual salary of $35,820. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) (mean annual salary $35,760). The lowest paying area is West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $20,230.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$35,820
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$35,760
Rockford
$32,910
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$28,840
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$28,640
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$23,380
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$20,230


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