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What is the average salary for Journalists in the United States?

Journalists earn an average hourly wage of $22.02. Hourly wages typically start from $10.14 and go up to $39.39. Journalists earn an average salary of $45,800 per year. Salaries typically start from $21,090 and go up to $81,940.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Journalists in the United States earn:

$39.39 an hour $81,940 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Journalists in the United States earn:

$26.36 an hour $54,820 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Journalists in the United States earn:

$17.31 an hour $36,000 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Journalists in the United States earn:

$12.94 an hour $26,910 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Journalists in the United States earn:

$10.14 an hour $21,090 per year

Historical salary for Journalists in the United States

Journalist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Journalist Salary in District of Columbia $35.95 $74,770 # 1
Journalist Salary in New York $30.50 $63,450 # 2
Journalist Salary in Rhode Island $27.61 $57,430 # 3
Journalist Salary in Georgia $26.46 $55,030 # 4
Journalist Salary in Massachusetts $26.00 $54,080 # 5
Journalist Salary in Louisiana $25.89 $53,860 # 6
Journalist Salary in Nevada $24.91 $51,820 # 7
Journalist Salary in Hawaii $24.09 $50,110 # 8
Journalist Salary in California $23.77 $49,430 # 9
Journalist Salary in Maryland $23.05 $47,950 # 10
Journalist Salary in New Jersey $22.48 $46,760 # 11
Journalist Salary in Virginia $22.46 $46,710 # 12
Journalist Salary in Alaska $22.42 $46,630 # 13
Journalist Salary in Illinois $22.25 $46,280 # 14
Journalist Salary in Utah $22.04 $45,850 # 15
Journalist Salary in Colorado $21.63 $45,000 # 16
Journalist Salary in Texas $20.80 $43,260 # 17
Journalist Salary in New Hampshire $20.48 $42,590 # 18
Journalist Salary in Florida $20.47 $42,570 # 19
Journalist Salary in Arizona $20.45 $42,530 # 20
Journalist Salary in Oregon $20.31 $42,240 # 21
Journalist Salary in New Mexico $19.85 $41,290 # 22
Journalist Salary in Kansas $19.55 $40,660 # 23
Journalist Salary in Michigan $19.51 $40,570 # 24
Journalist Salary in Indiana $19.23 $40,000 # 25
Journalist Salary in Washington $19.05 $39,610 # 26
Journalist Salary in Minnesota $19.00 $39,510 # 27
Journalist Salary in Kentucky $18.67 $38,830 # 28
Journalist Salary in South Carolina $18.65 $38,800 # 29
Journalist Salary in North Carolina $18.61 $38,710 # 30
Journalist Salary in Connecticut $18.47 $38,410 # 31
Journalist Salary in Pennsylvania $18.18 $37,800 # 32
Journalist Salary in Vermont $18.07 $37,580 # 33
Journalist Salary in Ohio $18.04 $37,530 # 34
Journalist Salary in Idaho $17.77 $36,950 # 35
Journalist Salary in Alabama $17.05 $35,470 # 36
Journalist Salary in Tennessee $16.76 $34,850 # 37
Journalist Salary in Wisconsin $16.72 $34,780 # 38
Journalist Salary in Oklahoma $16.63 $34,590 # 39
Journalist Salary in Mississippi $16.41 $34,120 # 40
Journalist Salary in Missouri $16.24 $33,770 # 41
Journalist Salary in Maine $16.14 $33,560 # 42
Journalist Salary in Nebraska $15.36 $31,940 # 43
Journalist Salary in Montana $15.33 $31,890 # 44
Journalist Salary in Iowa $14.82 $30,830 # 45
Journalist Salary in West Virginia $14.71 $30,600 # 46
Journalist Salary in Arkansas $14.57 $30,300 # 47
Journalist Salary in Wyoming $14.21 $29,550 # 48
Journalist Salary in South Dakota $14.14 $29,400 # 49
Journalist Salary in North Dakota $13.24 $27,530 # 50
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics