News Anchors


Overview

News Anchors

Introduction

News anchors analyze and broadcast news for radio and television stations. They help select, write, and present the news and may specialize in a particular area. Interviewing guests, making public service announcements, and conducting panel discussions may also be part of the news anchor's work. Approximately 38,300 people are employed as radio and television announcers (including news anchors) at radio and television stations in the United States.

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Median Salary

$60,097

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years' experience


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

The average salary for a news anchor employed in the U.S. in March 2020 was $60,097, according to PayScale.com. Salaries ranged from $34,000 to $140,000, not including bonuses and profit sharing.

Median annual earnings of all announcers (including news anchors) were $33,220 in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $19,120 and the top...

Work Environment

Work in radio and television stations is usually very pleasant. Almost all stations are housed in modern facilities. The maintenance of technical electronic equipment requires temperature and dust control, and people who work around such equipment benefit from the precautions taken to preserve it.

News anchors' jobs may provide opportunities to meet well-known people or celebrities. Bein...

Outlook

Competition for entry-level employment in announcing during the coming years is expected to be keen, as the broadcasting industry always attracts more applicants than are needed to fill available openings. There is a better chance of working in radio than in television because there are more radio stations. Local television stations usually carry a high percentage of network programs and need o...

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