Newspaper Industry Wages Drop, Unless You Work in Marketing

Well, it’s hard to find a job in the newspaper industry, but don’t get too excited if you happen to find one. It turns out newspaper industry wages have decreased by an average of 1.42 percent over the last year, according to a new survey.

The Inland Press Association released its annual Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey, which had over 400 newspapers participating across the nation. All compensation from top of the organization to the bottom fell on the publishing side, according to the survey.

Publishers’ salary dropped 2.1 percent over the year, while reporters (both entry level and experienced) saw a fall between 1 and 2 percent. Editors got it the worst, with a 4.6 percent decline.

While employees handling the publishing side saw decreases, the marketing side grabbed impressive increases in pay. National advertising managers salaries jumped 12 percent while audience development managers (also marketing) went up 10 percent.