How Much Money Does a Journalist Make a Year?


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income for journalists, reporters and correspondents in 2012 was $37,090 with an average hourly rate of $17.83.

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The earnings of an individual in the field can vary dramatically based on the prominence and earnings of the publication served. The earnings of freelance journalists may be unpredictable, while those working under contracts may enjoy more predictable incomes. The related field of writing had an average annual income of $55,940 during the same period, and many journalists are equipped with the skills needed to enjoy successful employment in writing Whereas journalism is expected to decline in employment by 13 percent by 2012, the outlook for authors is expected to increase by 3 percent.

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