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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of reporters and correspondents from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Dakota|| |