The latest electronic news salary study is out. Sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Hofstra University study showed that TV news salaries rose an average of 7.3% last year, while radio news salaries rose 9.8%.
In radio, News Directors topped the scale, with median salaries running from $28K in small markets, to $60K in major markets. News anchors median pay ran from high 20s to low 50s, and for reporters in small markets (the most likely entry positions), median salary was $18.5. News Producers median pay ran from $20.5K in small markets to $34.5K in majors. Median salaries for a Web producer/editor in radio ranged from $26K to $25K.
In television, News Directors and Anchors topped the Median Salaries list. Anchors in the smallest TV markets reported a median salary of $35,000, rising to a median of $165,500 in top 25 markets. Directors in the smallest markets had a median salary of $56,000. Entry-level positions are most likely outside the top 100 markets - median salaries for reporters ranged from $21-25K, for producers the range was from $24-28K, while tape editors/graphics specialists ran from $17,500-26,000. Web positions had median salaries running from $23K-35K in smaller markets.
The full study gives a lot more breakdowns of salaries, including starting salaries for new employees with no fulltime experience (Radio - ranging from a low of $15,000 to a top salary of $35,000; TV - ranging from a low of $15,000 to a top salary of $60,000). Check the full report (linked below) for details.
Source - RTDNA/Hofstra Survey Shows Sharp Rise in TV and Radio News Salaries RTDNA