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Overview
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for reporters and correspondents are expected to shrink by 10%, and should have about 3,900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Reporters and correspondents are less likely to be automated than 75% of other careers.
Workforce size
Reporters and correspondents, with 44,700 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
About 87% of news analysts, reporters and correspondents have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by news analysts, reporters and correspondents
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More news analysts, reporters and correspondents have bachelor's degrees than 90% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 60% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for reporters and correspondents. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most reporters and correspondents.
This job's median $41KAll jobs' median $39K$39K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 44% of news analysts, reporters and correspondents -- that's a larger percentage than 58% of other jobs.
Gender of news analysts, reporters and correspondents
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For news analysts, reporters and correspondents, the median men's salary was 4% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 16% of news analysts, reporters and correspondents are minority, and 12% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of news analysts, reporters and correspondents
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (12%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Reporters and Correspondents per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 49% of news analysts, reporters and correspondents, and 74% have company-sponsored health insurance (8% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for news analysts, reporters and correspondents
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 85% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of reporters and correspondents who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (100%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (45%)
  • Consequence of Error (41%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (37%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do news analysts, reporters and correspondents earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group news analysts, reporters and correspondents, which combines the data for 2 careers, including reporters and correspondents. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for reporters and correspondents, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for reporters and correspondents compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for reporters and correspondents (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all news analysts, reporters and correspondents, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for news analysts, reporters and correspondents compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for news analysts, reporters and correspondents (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where reporters and correspondents work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of News analysts, reporters and correspondents (ACS)
Private for-profit (82.8%)
Private not-for-profit (6.2%)
Local government (0.9%)
State government (1.1%)
Federal government (2.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (5.3%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of news analysts, reporters and correspondents by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of news analysts, reporters and correspondents, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$50K$50K$61K$74K$37K$45K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed not incorporatedFederal governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of reporters and correspondents by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty reporters and correspondents, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$41K$43K$41K$48K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for news analysts, reporters and correspondents

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
News analysts, reporters and correspondents and gender

With 44% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 58% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of News analysts, reporters and correspondents
Men (56%)
Women (44%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is better for news analysts, reporters and correspondents, with the median salary for men only 4.2% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. News analysts, reporters and correspondents have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 87% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of news analysts, reporters and correspondents

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority news analysts, reporters and correspondents than for 65% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of news analysts, reporters and correspondents
White (83% )
Black (7% )
Asian (5% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
12%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for news analysts, reporters and correspondents by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for news analysts, reporters and correspondents by nativity
$48K$62K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by reporters and correspondents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reporters and correspondents typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as news analysts, reporters and correspondents as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for news analysts, reporters and correspondents.

Education attained by news analysts, reporters and correspondents
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for reporters and correspondents

Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects. Students may further specialize in the type of journalism they wish to pursue, such as print, broadcast, or multimedia.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs can prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for news analysts, reporters and correspondents? Below we see the distribution of news analysts, reporters and correspondents salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as news analysts, reporters and correspondents, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$37K$36K$49K$64K$0$50K$100K$150KHigh School (2%)Some College (7%)Bachelor's Degree (67%)Master's Degree (18%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by news analysts, reporters and correspondents

This table shows the college majors held by people working as news analysts, reporters and correspondents. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of News analysts, reporters and correspondents with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
34.3%
$0$200K$57K
11.9%
$0$200K$56K
5.0%
$0$200K$51K
3.4%
$0$200K$60K
1.5%
$0$200K$63K
1.3%
$0$200K$55K
1.3%
$0$200K$53K
1.2%
$0$200K$73K
1.0%
$0$200K$63K
0.9%
$0$200K$60K
0.8%
$0$200K$54K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as news analysts, reporters and correspondents, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by news analysts, reporters and correspondents given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)News analysts, reporters and correspondentsEditorsMarketing and sales managersLawyers, judges, and magistratesWriters and authorsElementary and middle school teachersPublic Relations SpecialistsProducers and directorsChief executives and legislatorsWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesCustomer service representativesHuman resources workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersRetail salespersonsPostsecondary teachersSecondary school teachersEducation administratorsDesignersTelevision, video, and motion picture camera operators and editorsManagement analystsFinancial managersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPhysicians and surgeonsJournalismCommunicationsEnglish Language andLiteratureMass MediaPolitical Science andGovernmentHistoryBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessLiberal ArtsPsychologyAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for news analysts, reporters and correspondents

What jobs will most news analysts, reporters and correspondents hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of news analysts, reporters and correspondents reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

News analysts, reporters and correspondentsWriters and authorsProducers and directorsAdvertising sales agentsAnnouncersEditorsPublic relations and fundraising managersGeneral office clerksPostsecondary teachers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for news analysts, reporters and correspondents

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 4 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as news analysts, reporters and correspondents as well as 1% of respondents after working as news analysts, reporters and correspondents. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for news analysts, reporters and correspondents
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Producers and directors
14,700
$0$200K$60K
Writers and authors
14,600
$0$200K$53K
Editors
12,800
$0$200K$53K
Announcers
4,800
$0$200K$43K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for news analysts, reporters and correspondents: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as news analysts, reporters and correspondents? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of news analysts, reporters and correspondents surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for news analysts, reporters and correspondents
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
1.1%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
1.5%
Information and record clerks
21,900
$0$200K$37K
1.1%
Web developers
15,200
$0$200K$60K
1.3%
Producers and directors
14,700
$0$200K$60K
4.6%
Writers and authors
14,600
$0$200K$53K
7.1%
Editors
12,800
$0$200K$53K
4.3%
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
1.5%
Announcers
4,800
$0$200K$43K
3.6%
News analysts, reporters and correspondents
4,500
$0$200K$50K
53.1%
No occupation
6.7%
Read about reporters and correspondents
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts typically do the following:

  • Research topics and stories that an editor or news director has assigned to them
  • Investigate new story ideas and pitch ideas to editors
  • Interview people who have information, analysis, or opinions about a story or article
  • Write articles for newspapers, blogs, or magazines and write scripts to be read on television or radio
  • Review articles for accuracy and proper style and grammar
  • Develop relationships with experts and contacts who provide tips and leads on stories
  • Analyze and interpret information to increase their audiences’ understanding of the news
  • Update stories as new information becomes available

Reporters and correspondents, also called journalists, often work for a particular type of media organization, such as a television or radio station, newspaper, or website.

Those who work in television and radio set up and conduct interviews, which can be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcasts. These workers are often responsible for editing interviews and other recordings to create a cohesive story and for writing and recording voiceovers that provide the audience with the facts of the story. They may create multiple versions of the same story for different broadcasts or different media platforms.

Journalists for print media conduct interviews and write articles to be used in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Because most newspapers and magazines have print and online versions, reporters typically produce content for both versions. Doing so, often requires staying up to date with new developments of a story so that the online editions can be updated with the most current information.

Outlets are increasingly relying on multimedia journalists to publish content on a variety of platforms, such as a video content on the website of a daily newspaper. Multimedia journalists typically record, report, write, and edit their own stories. They also gather the audio, video, or graphics that accompany their stories.

Reporters and correspondents may need to maintain a presence on social media networking sites. Many use social media to cover live events, provide additional information for readers and viewers, promote their stations and newscasts, and engage with their audiences.

Some journalists, particularly those in large cities or large news organizations, cover a particular topic, such as sports, medicine, or politics. Journalists who work in small cities, towns, or organizations may need to cover a wider range of subjects.

Some reporters live in other countries and cover international news.

Some reporters—particularly those who work for print news—are self-employed and take freelance assignments from news organizations. Freelance assignments are given to writers on an as-needed basis. Because freelance reporters are paid for the individual story, they work with many organizations and often spend some of their time marketing their stories and looking for their next assignment.

Reporters also may collaborate with editors, photographers, videographers, and other journalists when working on a story.

Some people with a background as a reporter or correspondent work as postsecondary teachers and teach journalism or communications at colleges and universities.

Broadcast news analysts are another type of media occupation. Broadcast news analysts, also called anchors, lead news shows on television or radio. Others are news commentators, who analyze and interpret news stories, and offer opinions. Some news commentators come from fields outside of journalism and have expertise in a particular subject—for example, politics, business, or medicine—and are hired on a contract basis to provide their opinion on the subjects being discussed.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of reporters and correspondents? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts must be able to report the news. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.
Computer skills
Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices. They should also be able to use multimedia and coding software in order to publish stories on websites and mobile devices.
Interpersonal skills
To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.
Persistence
Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.
Stamina
The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for reporters and correspondents
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 60% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for reporters and correspondents. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for reporters and correspondents are anticipated to shrink by 10%. over the next decade; 92% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for reporters and correspondents is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most reporters and correspondents? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as reporters and correspondents. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all news analysts, reporters and correspondents, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Reporters and Correspondents per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where reporters and correspondents earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for news analysts, reporters and correspondents compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for news analysts, reporters and correspondents.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all news analysts, reporters and correspondents, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Reporters and Correspondents to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which reporters and correspondents earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like News analysts, reporters and correspondents (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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