Journalist Salary

How much does a Journalist make?

The average Journalist in the US makes $59,026. The average bonus for a Journalist is $2,155 which represents 4% of their salary, with 94% of people reporting that they receive a bonus each year. Journalists make the most in Denver at $80,306, averaging total compensation 36% greater than the US average.

U.S. Average

$59,026
$18,471$149,537
Base Salary
$56,871
Bonus
$2,155
Get Bonus
94%

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The average journalist in the US makes $59,026

Salary Ranges for Journalists

The salaries of Journalists in the US range from $18,471 to $149,537 , with a median salary of $56,780 . The middle 50% of Journalists makes between $49,033 and $54,000, with the top 83% making $149,537.

How much tax will you have to pay as a Journalist

For an individual filer in this tax bracket, you would have an estimated average federal tax in 2018 of 22%. After a federal tax rate of 22% has been taken out, Journalists could expect to have a take-home pay of $50,101/year, with each paycheck equaling approximately $2,088*.

* assuming bi-monthly pay period. Taxes estimated using tax rates for a single filer using 2018 federal and state tax tables. Metro-specific taxes are not considered in calculations. This data is intended to be an estimate, not prescriptive financial or tax advice.

Recent Salary Records for Journalist

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  • An African American Female Journalist reported making $108,000 per year at a company with 5,001-10,000 Employees in Media industry.

    3 months ago · $108,000· 5,001-10,000 Employees

  • A Journalist reported making $50,000 per year in Minneapolis

    a year ago · $50,000· Minneapolis, MN

  • A Journalist reported making $55,000 per year in Chicago

    a year ago · $55,000· Chicago, IL

  • A Journalist reported making $65,000 per year

    a year ago · $65,000

  • A Journalist reported making $70,000 per year in Los Angeles

    a year ago · $70,000· Los Angeles, CA

  • A Journalist reported making $42,500 per year in New York City

    a year ago · $42,500· New York City, NY

  • A Journalist reported making $40,000 per year

    a year ago · $40,000

  • A Journalist reported making $52,000 per year

    a year ago · $52,000

  • A Journalist reported making $40,000 per year

    a year ago · $40,000

  • A Journalist reported making $42,840 per year

    a year ago · $42,840

Quality of Life for Journalist

With a take-home pay of roughly $4,175/month, and the median 2BR apartment rental price of $2,506/mo**, a Journalist would pay 60.02% of their monthly take-home salary towards rent.

** This rental cost was derived according to an online report at Apartment List
*** Average cost of living was acquired from Numbeo's Cost of Living Index

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