We commissioned this research to provide new and consistent information across a range of industry sectors on the journalism professions. It is both an update of the organisation’s 2012 Journalists at Work publication, and an exploration of issues that have emerged since.
The median salary of those working in journalism six months after completing their NCTJ diploma is £22,500. This is slightly more than the salary of graduates in all subjects (£22,000).
This increases to £27,500 three years after completing the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
Journalism salaries can also vary depending on which sector you go on to work in, and by location, with journalists working in London receiving the highest average salaries.
See the table below from our 2018 Journalists at Work research:
|Average salary (£)|
|Writers/reporters (newspapers or magazines)||22,500|