How journalists and writers are faring in this economy

Ebyline’s Susan Johnston used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to compare what reporters and writers make with the overall figures for workers in their state. Some of her findings:

Florida reporters make 36% more than the average Floridian. That’s followed by Rhode Island (25%), Massachusetts (23%), Delaware (22%) and Georgia (19%). Puerto Rico, not pictured on the map, is actually tops with reporters making 54% more than the median wage.

Where do journalists get the short end of the stick? Wyoming, for one, where they make 34% less than the median state wage. Nebraska (-27%), Maryland (-24%), Iowa (-22%) and North Dakota (-17%) round out the bottom of the list.

* Average writer and reporter wages by state (


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