Good News for Local TV News as Salaries Rise

By Andrew Gauthier 


After seeing salaries drop in 2008, local TV news is rebounding as a new study shows that salaries rose across the industry in 2009.

The annual survey, conducted by Hofstra University in partnership with the RTDNA, reports that on average salaries rose 2.5% in local TV news. As the RTDNA put it, “the good news in broadcast news salaries in 2009 is that there isn’t bad news.”


There were significant differences in how the salaries of specific positions changed in 2009. According to the study, reporters, managing editors, and art directors all saw a 10% salary increase in ’09 while the salaries of sports reporters dropped 10%. As the local TV industry works to rebound from a prolonged economic recession, the most important news of the study is that salaries aren’t changing drastically. While a 2.5% increase isn’t huge, the survey’s director Bob Papper points out, “With negative inflation in 2009, even flat salaries mean no loss in buying power.” More…