Journalists research, write, and present articles and content for print, broadcast or electronic media. Depending on your specific role and area of specialisation, your responsibilities as a Journalist may also include compiling advertorials and liaising with camera operators.

The average salary of a Journalist is $68,141 per annum.

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Average salary
$68,141 P/A

Source: (August 2016)
Min average salary
$61,014 P/A

Source: (August 2016)
Max average salary
$75,267 P/A

Source: (August 2016)
Job growth

Projection: 10% more Journalists and other writers employed in Australia in 2020 (compared to 2015)

Employment by region

The top three regions for employment as a Journalist are:

  • NSW: 37.5%
  • VIC: 26.8%
  • QLD: 14.5%

Key skills required
  • Able to write clear, concise, objective and accurate material quickly
  • Good general knowledge
  • Interested in current events
  • Aptitude to learn keyboard and shorthand skills
  • Able to speak clearly when working on television and radio


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