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PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR INFO: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScws3_GjSHH7LGPdm7r82u1Nj5apstZHD5fiMu6zL_UO9gqRw/viewform?usp=sf_link
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Moved to a form response that will automatically feed info to this sheet on the tab next to this, and I'll copy + paste all info into the main tab! Please note, this is for the media industry. If you do not work in this industry, please consider starting a similar sheet! There are now sheets for advertising agencies and book publishing, as well!
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Talking about how much or how little money you make feels taboo, and it shouldn't. Knowledge is power and Glassdoor info is hit or miss. Wouldn't it be great to know what your peers make so you can use that to leverage a raise? Or if your company does a "market adjustment" yet you don't see the data, wouldn't it be great to know how accurate it is or isn't? So, let's share what we make and any relevant info to help each other learn our worth!
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TITLECOMPANYSALARYGender Identity / EthnicityYEARS OF EXPERIENCELOCATIONJOB DUTIESPREV SALARIES/TITLES/ETC
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Senior Reporter(Broadcast media)$125,000 + $6250 annual bonusAsian cis female9New YorkOn-air original reporting and analysis; Writing original stories and analysis; Moderating at conferences and events Broadcast media: $104,760 / Trade publication: $63,000 / Broadcast media: $27/h / Magazine: $15/h
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Bureau ChiefA B2B trade publication$58,000Cis white female12Los AngelesRun entire west coast bureau
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Editor/Submission ManagerA biotech company$114,000Female/white6San Francisco, CAEditing, project management, comment adjudication
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Digital EditorA Canadian magazine with international distribution$42,000 CADCis white male7RemoteOversee all publishing on website, social media. Work with print editors. Manage website updates and bug fixes. Content strategy. SEO.
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Associate Photo EditorA Canadian Media Company$57,500Male16Toronto
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Editor-in-ChiefA Canadian sports magazine$63,000 (CAD)CIS white male7TorontoOversight of print and digital (including site, social, video, podcasts); management of a small staff of writers and producers. I believe starting salary was $50,000 (CAD)
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Editor in ChiefA Chinese Digital News Outlet$100,000 after taxChinese Male10BeijingManaging team, editing, and writing
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Managing EditorA community magazine$55,000F POC5TorontoOverseeing a team of five editors and oversee all editorial and photo shoots required for our monthly magazine
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Automotive industry reporter
A Detroit daily newspaper
55,000White5Detroitreporting35,000, reporter.
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Content strategistA financial institution109,000F/white13North CarolinaManage/produce editorial content72k trade magazine editor, 65k viral video producer, 90k trade association media editor, 55k financial wire services reporter, 32k community newspaper assistant news editor
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Editor/reporterA financial news service126,000Cis M/White20New York, NYReport, write, edit, train. Not supervising anyone directly.
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Senior EditorA Future PLC outlet$35,000Cis White male7Remote
Writing editorial, news, and commerce content, editing editorial content of other writers
Starting salary $30,000; previously paid per post at variable rate
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Deputy EditorA Future PLC web page66,800Female13
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PhotojournalistA Gatehouse daily32,000cis man/white5Florida Panhandle Sports, news, photo stories, podcasting, videoStarted at 30,000
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IT support TechnicianA Gym franchise (I'd rather not say)$21/hrFemale / White4CaliforniaNetworking, Remote control access, physical PC and Printer repairs, inventory, desktop support, phone support..IT remote desktop support, Call center work
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Web ProducerA legacy newspaper$55,000Cis white man8TexasData analysis, social media, audience engagement, etc.Reporter: $40,000, $55,000; editor $40,000
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Assistant Visuals EditorA magazine publisher58500Female, white3BrooklynPhoto researching, producing 1-2 shoots per month, writing credits, managing magazine's budget, negotiating rates, assisting Creative Director Photo Editor: $52,000
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ReporterA McClatchy daily37000white female20Illinoisreporting, photography, videography, social media, investigative, breaking
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PhotojournalistA McClatchy daily$34,000Cis white woman2North Carolina
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ReporterA nonprofit news outlet$39,000Cis white man4Northeastern U.S.Reporting and writing news and features for three counties, taking and editing photos, attending government meetings and events across those three counties, etc. Before this I worked three paid three-month internships at daily newspapers while an editor of my college paper, and then had a yearlong paid fellowship at a large metropolitan paper.
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Editor (Copy editor)
A personal finance website
$60,000cis white female5
Remote / NYC area
Copy edit SEO content, assign and manage freelancers, updates to old content, SEO research and article outlining
n/a
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Assistant EditorA Popular Women's Magazine37,500White, FemaleNew York
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editorA Russian news/opinion mill$50kcis m, white5USmaking articles concocted by not-native-English speakers coherent
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Reporter
A technology magazine
$70,000cis Asian-American woman3Boston
Reporting and writing for online, newsletter, and print; some data & interactive work
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Senior staff reporterA trade publication$55,000Male/White20Portland, OregonReporting, writing, posting online content, page layout
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ProducerA+E75000cis white female5NYCwrite and produce videos, manage editors, pitch and develop concepts$40/hr Associate Producer
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DirectorABC3500/wkF10NYCDirect TV series
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Digital ProducerABC News$80,000
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Desk Assistant ABC News$18/hour plus overtime WOCWashington, DC
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Shareholder RelationsABC News100,000 + 25% bonusCIS WHITE MALE25Little St JamesProtecting shareholder interests and aligning editorial inputAssistant to Jeff Epstein
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Editorial Producer (booker)ABC News77,000F POC4NYCBook guests for national news, develop long-term stories and relationships
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Associate Digital ProducerABC NEWS70,000White Male3NYCProduce short videos for the website
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Associate ProducerABC News72800Nonbinary/AFAB/white4NYC
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Senior reporter ABC News $110,000cis female, white 15Midwestprimarily feature writing Freelance: Earned $50,000 the year I began and $100,000 my last year freelancing.
Assistant Editor at an independent magazine: $30,000
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ReporterAcuris55000White CIS Male3Western US CityCover industry-specific news with a financial focus, including analysis and company profiles, interviews with CEOs and bankers.Previous work at a small legal paper, 50,000 starting, 51,000 at first raise (5 months in) 54,000 at second raise (1.5 years in). Contract marketing work prior, 14-17 per hour.
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Copy editorAdams Publishing Group$16 an hourcis white female2Small metro on West CoastEdit stories, manage page design, run opinion page
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Senior ReporterAdams Publishing Group$21,840Male/Caucasion5Circleville, OhioGeneral Reporting, community editorstaff reporter, 20,800
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Digital EditorAdams Publishing Group$30,000Cis female/white6IdahoManage all multimedia aspects of the newspaper, including video, audio, website management, newsletters, and social media strategy.
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ReporterAdams Publishing Group/APG Chesapeake$30,000Cis white woman4MarylandBeat reporter assigned to crime, municipal government writing 10 stories/week for twice-weekly publication. I do all my own photography and most of my own editing because we are incredibly poorly staffed.Company used to be owned by Washington Post before Jeff Bezos sold it in 2015: had worked here then from 2011-2014. Previously a communications worker in state government making $57,000/annually.
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Data JournalistAdvance$41,000cis POC female5+ yearsNY metro areadata analysis, reporting, graphics, design
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Data ReporterAdvance$75,000cis-het white male15NJRegular original content, major projects, editing, newsroom training, mentorship, collaboration with beat reporters on graphics, Started at $36K 10 years ago. 3-4 raises over the decade.
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ReporterAdvance$43,000cis white male3NJ$33/hr as NY intern; $12/hr at internship in different city
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ReporterAdvance57,000cis Latina6NortheastReporting on state politics and related issuesStarted at $40,000 at a breaking news job (also in the Northeast)
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Audience EngagementAdvance Local$63,300cis white female4NYCSocial media, community management, brand management, moderationStarted at $52k (25/hr - I am hourly)
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ReporterAdvance Local$37,500Cis female / white1MichiganBeat reporting, writingN/A
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ReporterAdvance Local58,000Latina cis female 3NJ/NYC Metro areaBeat reporting and writing, enterprise stories, social media. Three raises since hired after intership at 40,000. Intern at Advance Local about 12/hour with overtime. Intern at WNBC 10.50/hour
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ReporterAdvance Local82,000cishet white male9East Coast Reporting and editingEntry-level web producer at 35K, reporter at $50K
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Reporter Advance Local $56,000Female16
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ReporterAdvance Local Media$49,000Cis-het white female15MichiganReporting, writing, editing own storiesAssistant editor at a regional magazine: $30,000
Web editor at a national magazine: $40,000
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Creative Content CoordinatorAdvertising Agency45000Cis Latinx Women1Long BeachPurchase stock photography/assets, route CGI data, coordinate CGI assets between vendor/clients Social Media Coordinator - $35K (experience 2 years)
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Senior Social ProducerAi85000White Female 8NYCGlobal Social Strategy, Managing Social Accounts, Writing, Producing Content.
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Reporter / Content ProviderAim Media Midwest25,000Male / White10OhioState, county, local government and politics beat reporter
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Reporter / Content ProviderAim Media Midwest25,000Male / White10OhioState, county, local government and politics beat reporter
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IT Tech Support IIIAircraft Supplier$67,000Male/White20Wichita, KS
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Senior producerAJ+8500010California
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ProducerAJ+87,000Cis POC FemaleCalifornia
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ProducerAJ+85,000CIS man, Hispanic11Washington60,000
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Copy EditorAJ+85000Cis Asian Woman2Washington, DC
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Senior ProducerAJ+/Al Jazeera English113000Female/WOC10DC
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EditorAJC101000Cis white male15AtlantaDigital Editor/Copy Editor/Sub-editor
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Head of PlanningAl Jazeera$135,000Female/biracial20Washington, D.C.Organize and coordinate newsroom workflows and coverage
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ProducerAll Over Pod-$1,000,000Male2Milwaukee WIBabysitting My Cohost
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ReporterALM Media / Law.com73000White male6NYC
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Head of Engagement/StaffingAlpha Creek Studio inc.175k yrMale4FloridaTo provide, staff, and oversee Journalist to multiple articles given by third party company for small to large projects50k/Journalist/George
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Editor in ChiefAlt Weekly$70,000CiS white male8San FranciscoReporting, Editing all stories, Assigning almost all stories, helping with social media, running website, coordinate/manage freelancers, manage freelance budget60,000
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Staff Writeralt weekly$40,000cis white male24West CoastFeature writing, blogging, social media sharingalt weekly editor ($42,000), think tank journalist ($50,000), alt weekly staff writer ($27,000)
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Staff reporterAlt Weekly$51,000Cis Asian Female5MinneapolisInvestigative long-form
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Staff WriterAlt weekly$22/hr, capped under 30 hrs/week so no benefitsCis WOC5San Francisco Bay AreaLone news reporter, ~ 5 stories a week, social mediasimilar yearly wages as ed reporter in Minnesota
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Staff WriterAlt weekly$43,000cis white woman5Chicagolong-form investigations and features, weekly shorter news stories First full-time job in media. Three and a half years in this position, freelance before. Hired at $40k. Staff is unionized so got a small raise after two years through contract negotiation. First merit raise took three years and change of ownership/management.
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Staff WriterAlt Weekly $40,000Cis white woman 7WisconsinNews and features. Music and restaurant reviews. Frequently took my own photos. Helped with production (proofing, copy editing, writing cutlines). Weekly pitch meeting. Required to volunteer at company events. Started position at $37,000, got one (1) raise after a year. No retirement. Previously on staff at a daily; started at $9.50/hour (with LOTS of unpaid overtime), eventually got bumped to like $14/hour. Had retirement match. God this industry blows lol
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Online Engagement ManagerAlt weekly 65,000white female 2Washington, D.C. manage social media, newsletter engagement, digital marketing
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Copy EditorAlt-Weekly$250/weekF/W12AlabamaCopy editor
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assistant editoralt-weekly40000cis white woman2mid-atlanticcommission & edit freelancers, write & report stories, send newsletters
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Senior ProducerAmazon (Subsidiary)106,000cishet white woman10
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associate editorAmerica's Test Kitchen48,800female/biracial10Kentuckywriting, researching, editing, testing kitchen equipment, producing photo shoots and TV show episodes$28,000 as an editor at a very small book publisher; about the same as the managing editor of a quarterly photography magazine
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Deputy EditorAmerica's Test Kitchen$62,000Cis white female6Boston, MA
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Social Media CoordinatorAmerica's Test Kitchen$43,260white cis female2.5BostonManage FB/IG/Pinterest pages as well as YouTube channel and social video3% raise in 1st review, 5% raise in 2nd review
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Senior editorAmerica’s Test Kitchen$52,000cis white female6Bostonassistant editor = $40,000, associate editor = $46,000
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ReporterAmerican City Business Journals$45,000cis white female3Kansas City
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ReporterAmerican City Business Journals$45,000cis latina female5Sacramento, CABeat reporter$30K as a reporter at a small town daily
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ReporterAmerican City Business Journals 56,000cis poc male3DCwriterlocal reporter
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Deputy editorAMI$102,000cis white female6NYCtop-editing, managing team, assigning
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senior editorAMI$73,000cis male6NYCfeatures and FOB
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Digital WriterAMI45,000cis white woman4New York
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Digital editoramNewYork$56,000Woman/white8New York CityReport, write, edit, run website, schedule all social, posts and curate and send the daily newsletter$54,000/things to do manager and $50,000 reporter
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34,500amNewYork(Schneps Media)34,500Cis white/latina female2Brooklyn, New YorkWrite and take photographs for amNewYork and The VillagerPreviously a freelancer in NYC
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Associate AnalystAn ad agency$60,500female / Indian1New York CityReporting/Analytics/Modeling
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associate editoran association58KCIS Woman POC18Washington, DCwrite stories for online newsletter, write articles for magazine, edit freelance content
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SawyerAn Australian sawmill42000Straight white male2NSW australiaSawmill duties
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EditorAn independent city magazine$80,000Cis white woman17FloridaEverything editorial (I'm the only editor)
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Production SpecialistAn international business magazine 64000Female white cis24BostonPrint production/InDesign, WordPress, HTML/XML, proofreading Starting salary in 1995 for Print Production Coordinator at Horticulture Magazine: $20K,
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Associate EditorAnnex Business Media$42,000 CADcis-het female4TorontoManaging three print magazines, its websites and social media. Organize workshops and business conferences sponsored by the company (requires some travel). Write and produce content for digital and print. Starting salary $28,000 a year at a local newspaper.
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Reporter APG$30,000Female, white1DelawareBest reporter with mild editorial responsibility
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EditorAPG Media of Chesapeake$45,000Male, white, not Hispanic10Maryland’s Eastern ShoreManaged reporters, assigned stories, edited stories and proofed pages
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Managing EditorApple News$175,000 + Annual StockWhite Male (of course) 10Silicon ValleyEdit reviews and manage team of writers.Contributing Editor, Staff Writer, Editor, Managing Editor
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Managing editorAssociation of Health Care Journalists$52,000Cis white female20RemoteAssigning and editing content, managing 8 regular freelancers and others as needed, social media, creating and editing conference programs and marketing materials$33,000 publications coordinator, IRE & NICAR; $39,000 web producer, Sun-Sentinel