Salary Resources

Many potential employers will ask you for a desired salary or salary range as part of an application or during the interview.

The University of Georgia's annual survey of journalism/mass communication grads finds that the job market in the second half of 2007 and the first half of 2008 remained largely unchanged from a year earlier. On October 31, 2007, 63.3% of journalism grads had a full-time job -- nearly identical to the 2006 survey. The median salary earned by 2007 bachelor's degree recipients was $30,000, the same median salary earned by 2006 bachelor's degree recipients. The average reporter starting salary in jobs under guild control is slightly higher at $31,980.00.

The median salary for master's degree recipients in 2007 was $40,000 -- $2,000 higher than a year earlier. Please note that it is advised for journalism graduates to have at least a year of professional experience before applying to graduate school in journalism.

The following sites regularly review salaries in journalism jobs:

General

Hot Jobs
hotjobs.salary.com

Writing/Reporting/Editing

News Guild
NewsGuild.org

Radio/TV News

Radio-Television & News Directors Association
www.rtnda.org/

News Analysts/Reporters/Correspondents

U.S. Dept. of Labor
stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos088.htm

Poynter.org

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376