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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Reporters and Correspondents Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,120
25th Percentile Wage
$27,940
50th Percentile Wage
$37,820
75th Percentile Wage
$60,060
90th Percentile Wage
$86,610

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.

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
201637,8203.86%5.16%
201536,3600.99%-
201436,0001.11%-
201335,600-0.76%-
201235,870--

Table 2. Reporters and Correspondents Salary by Industry Sector

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)
$59,910
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$50,200
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,750
Information
$37,690
Educational Services
$36,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$31,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,760

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 $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
$79,710
Maryland
$56,280
New York
$52,610
New Jersey
$47,840
Massachusetts
$44,680
Colorado
$43,840
Louisiana
$42,560
Nevada
$42,490
Georgia
$42,240
Alaska
$41,730
Hawaii
$41,730
California
$40,970
Minnesota
$40,810
Oregon
$39,800
Virginia
$39,300
Arizona
$38,970
Delaware
$38,450
Florida
$38,420
Utah
$37,370
Michigan
$37,080
Connecticut
$36,800
Puerto Rico
$36,730
Pennsylvania
$35,960
Rhode Island
$35,800
Washington
$35,360
Indiana
$34,810
Maine
$34,140
Vermont
$34,110
Kentucky
$33,900
West Virginia
$33,510
South Carolina
$32,670
Kansas
$32,310
Oklahoma
$31,510
Wisconsin
$31,500
Iowa
$31,380
Illinois
$31,340
Missouri
$31,110
North Carolina
$31,020
Ohio
$30,990
New Mexico
$30,750
Texas
$30,670
Alabama
$30,550
New Hampshire
$30,430
Tennessee
$29,530
Mississippi
$28,530
South Dakota
$28,510
Idaho
$28,100
Wyoming
$27,690
North Dakota
$27,530
Nebraska
$26,840
Montana
$26,790
Arkansas
$26,040
Guam
$25,590


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