RTDNA Study: Local News Salaries Fell in 2012

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By Merrill Knox Comment

The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University annual survey found that local television news salaries fell 1.9% in 2012.

In a study of newsroom roles, nine average salaries went up, four went down and one stayed the same. The increases in average salaries were “almost all extremely small.” By comparison, 11 median salaries went down, four went up and four stayed the same. The biggest salary jumps proportionally were for news writers and news assistants; only managing editors rose in both average and median salaries.

The RTDNA study found that salaries in the smallest markets were stagnant, while salaries in the top 25 markets and markets 101-150 went up. Markets 26-100 stayed the same.

See the full breakdown by position and by market size here.

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