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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $86,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,120. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 291% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of reporters and correspondents from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of reporters and correspondents in 7 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 $59,910. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $29,760).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
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 $25,590 to $79,710. The highest paying state for reporters and correspondents is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $79,710. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $25,590. 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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Dakota|| |