It depends on your experience and where you land a job. For example, at Dispatch-Argus in Illinois, the sports writer makes anywhere from $24,000-$34,000 working part-time for the company. It depends on the size of the company and whether you are part-time or full-time. Also, different locations will pay differently based on cost of living in that location.
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Great question! A simple Google search can provide you some insight: https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Sports_Journalist/Salary
I worked most of my career on the news side at Headline News. I can tell you that my pay first starting out was a lot less that the salary cited by payscale in that link. Part of is because you work your way up. It also varies depending on whether you are print or broadcast, local or national - or even international.
If you are still in school, ask about internships at your local TV stations or newspapers. It’s a great way to get experience and also to learn from the professionals, especially what they can share about what they did to get where they currently are in their careers.
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Most likely depends on education, years of experience, and market size, so research the area of your choice.
A lot of journalism salaries in general depend on where you work. New York salaries tend to be higher than others, but the cost of living in New York is also higher than elsewhere. Fulltime starting pay in New York for digital or print journalists can range from $40,000 to $50,000 depending on where you apply and what perks you negotiate for in your interview.
As far as how much you can eventually make, the sky is pretty much the limit, especially if you get into the broadcast side of things. Take a glance at sites like salary.com, payscale.com, and glassdoor.com to get ideas based on experience level. Good luck!
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