News Anchor Salary

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A news anchor salary begins at $20,000 for an entry level journalist, and increases with experience. Calculate a news anchor salary with tips from a news anchor in this free video on career information.

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My name's Kim and I work for an ABC affiliate as a T.V. News Anchor. Typically starting out, it doesn't pay a lot, you may have heard that already but, as a student you'll learn that, if you're in journalism. And, they do warn you that your first year or two you'll be making like a minimum salary. Typically starting out, a Reporter may be around twenty thousand dollars a year, if not less. So, you really have to be willing to, my first year I lived with my parents to make it work, or if you can find a roommate, or just find cheap rent, that's going to be a very vital aspect of this, knowing that your first year or two, you will not be making a lot of money in this business. It's a lot of hard work, it's a lot of flexible hours, you can work weekends, evenings, mornings, whatever you're assigned to do, but don't expect it to be nine to five. And, the pay it isn't very good, but at the same time it's rewarding, and if you want to be doing then it's worth the effort in the beginning. You can move up pay wise but overall in this market it's not a lot of money. If you're in a local market starting out, even when you get into a bigger market, say Portland, it's not paying what it used to pay, so just be aware that those salaries aren't going to get very high as you move up.


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