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Reporters and Correspondents Salary Information

The salary statistics of reporters and correspondents are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of reporters and correspondents within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The reporters and correspondents annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Reporters and Correspondents Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,970
25th Percentile Wage
$28,930
50th Percentile Wage
$39,370
75th Percentile Wage
$62,500
90th Percentile Wage
$90,540

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for reporters and correspondents. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) reporters and correspondents is $90,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,970. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 294% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of reporters and correspondents from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,370
3.94% 8.89%
2016
$37,820
3.86% -
2015
$36,360
0.99% -
2014
$36,000
1.11% -
2013
$35,600
-0.76% -
2012
$35,870
- -

Table 2. Reporters and Correspondents Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of reporters and correspondents in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for reporters and correspondents occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $58,120. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $31,330).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$50,180
Educational Services
$44,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,680
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,340
Information
$39,240
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$31,330

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Reporters and Correspondents by States

From the above tables we note that not only reporters and correspondents salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of reporters and correspondents in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,430 to $83,320. The highest paying state for reporters and correspondents is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $83,320. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $24,430. For more salary information of reporters and correspondents profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$83,320
New York
$63,040
Maryland
$56,280
New Jersey
$47,170
California
$44,510
Nevada
$44,290
Hawaii
$44,060
Massachusetts
$42,750
Georgia
$42,240
Alaska
$42,230
Colorado
$41,570
Louisiana
$41,230
Florida
$40,760
Puerto Rico
$40,490
Oregon
$40,250
Maine
$39,110
Arizona
$38,970
Washington
$38,790
Missouri
$38,100
Michigan
$37,750
Utah
$37,370
Minnesota
$37,210
Indiana
$36,710
Virginia
$36,150
Rhode Island
$35,800
Pennsylvania
$35,750
Connecticut
$35,280
Kentucky
$34,960
South Carolina
$34,920
Kansas
$34,580
Oklahoma
$34,360
Alabama
$34,260
West Virginia
$34,060
Vermont
$33,960
Texas
$33,840
Delaware
$33,470
Wisconsin
$33,140
Illinois
$32,830
New Hampshire
$32,770
Ohio
$32,310
Iowa
$32,150
North Carolina
$31,400
Nebraska
$31,030
New Mexico
$31,010
Idaho
$30,950
Wyoming
$28,880
South Dakota
$28,240
North Dakota
$27,530
Arkansas
$26,930
Tennessee
$26,760
Mississippi
$26,660
Guam
$25,590
Montana
$24,430



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