Pay survey: How much does Gannett pay you?

I earned $105,000 as an editor by the time I took a USA Today buyout in January; that was after 20 years with the company. Now, as Gannett cuts thousands of jobs, I’m wondering how much you get paid.

Please post your information in the comments section, below, using the following format (I’ve used myself as an example):

  • Years worked for Gannett: 20
  • Which operation: newspaper
  • Your job title: editor
  • Annual pay: $105,000

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121 Responses to “Pay survey: How much does Gannett pay you?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    8 years
    Newspaper
    Composing Mgr
    $69,000/yr

  2. Anonymous Says:

    In my opinion, you all get paid too much considering that news is free on the internet and you have not adapted to the changes in media consumption.

    You are all dinosaurs and you are the single cause why Gannett is doing so poorly!

    PS – Jim, it seems like this blog is repeating the same old stories, surveys, etc. I think it is getting a bit boring and you risk losing some of your audience with “the same old”.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Prior to leaving Gannett:

    7 years
    Newspaper
    Reporter
    $38,000/year

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I haven’t noticed a single repitition on this blog. Just don’t see what you are talking about 6:45 AM.

    Now, I have noticed consistency and uniformity in the way Jim presents information. Gannett, for the sake of its readers, could learn something about visuals and simplicity from reading this blog. I think Gannett’s hodgepodge approach in online presentation will drive readers away.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Prior to involuntarily leaving Gannett 1 year ago:

    5 years
    Newspaper
    Reporter
    $63,500

  6. Anonymous Says:

    At Newsquest in the UK reporters can expect to earn less than £12,000 (c. $24,000) when they start as trainees on one of the smaller weekly papers, and with the cost of living being what it is here (retail inflation at 4.4% and rising) that is tantamount to slave labour/labor.
    You can expect to go up to about £14,000 to £16,000 as a “senior” reporter.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 30 +
    Division: Newspaper (above 100,000 circ)
    Title: Editor/Manager
    Salary: $75,000

  8. Anonymous Says:

    21 years
    newspaper
    metro editor
    $64,000

    6:45, the Internet wouldn’t have any news to steal and run for free if it weren’t for the people producing it for print.

    Has anyone thought about what the bloggers and other online media will do when traditional media goes under? Does 6:45 envision one efficient Isvestia sending one efficient view of what’s “news” to this wonderful new Internet media?

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 5
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: Reporter
    Annual pay: $35,400

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: less than one
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: Reporter
    Annual pay: $30,000

  11. Dutch619m Says:

    Journeyman press operator in Louisville,KY makes $23.23 an hour, 37.5 hour week, with some overtime. 3% raise due Jan “09.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 14
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: Editor/manager
    Salary: $69,000

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 9.5
    Division: USAT
    Title: reporter
    Salary: $43,800

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 19
    Years worked for Gannett: 10
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: sports copy editor
    Salary: $65,000

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 1.5
    Division: Newspaper (Smaller circulation)
    Title: Copy editor
    Salary: $30,000

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Years @ Gannett: 7
    Large circ newspaper (not USA Today)
    Reporter
    $80,000

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 19
    Years at Gannett: 11
    Job: Editor/manager
    Salary: $51,000

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 10
    Operation: Newspaper, 200k+ circ
    Reporter
    $55,000

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Graphic Designer:
    Started 30K and six years later 36K.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Wow. I mean, I know this is supposed to be informative (it is), but geez! It’s frustrating to see what people make — at both ends of the spectrum.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Amen 10:44. Amen.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    prepress manager
    15+ years
    mid size daily
    60k

  23. Anonymous Says:

    I.T. Director
    Newspaper / 100,000+ circ
    8 years at current site / 10.5 years total
    $94,000 / year
    + 35 shares of stock (merit)
    + $12,500 MBO bonus

    My predecessor at this site was making $99,000 annually.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    $26K + and still at work adding value to my product, Jim. Had the TUNA on my prostate and a colonoscopy during the past two years. I can pee over a Chevy and crap over a 10-rail fence and all the bills are paid. Just guessing, Jim, but don’t you think a lot of our problems today on and off Wall Street have something to do with journalists waiting for the telephone to ring and prosecutors in the sack with $5,000 hookers?

  25. Anonymous Says:

    circulation manager
    Newspaper/68,000 circulation
    4 yrs
    $40,000.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Years at Gannett: 15
    Community Newspaper Division
    Assistant Controller
    $60,000

  27. Anonymous Says:

    At Gannett: 15 years
    Newspaper
    Systems Technician 2
    $53,000

  28. Anonymous Says:

    At Gannett: 12 years
    Newspaper
    Librarian
    $40,000

  29. Anonymous Says:

    Seeing what some people are making just depresses me. I knew I was getting paid peanuts, but damn.

    Years: 8
    Newspaper (50K circ)
    reporter
    Annual Pay: $27,000

  30. Anonymous Says:

    Lifetime @ Gannett: just shy of 30 years
    Newspaper
    Adm. Asst.
    $38,300

    One of the original dinosaurs that recently left. Yes, I remember when we used to get 7.5% raises. Where I worked (small paper) the pay structure was always out of whack. Reporters who did nothing got paid more than editors who supervised a staff and oversaw a section.
    Comments on reviews and raises: yes, raises where done a year in advance during budgets. the editor had to “predict” (for lack of a better work), how well an employee would do in the coming year based on past performance. when it came time for your review, then they would look at the pay scale for your grade (this was always a big secret to employees). if your annual review fell in the first quarter, forget about it. you always got screwed.

  31. Jim Hopkins Says:

    A reader sent the following to me in an e-mail; I’ve edited a portion to shield their identity:

    7 years
    Newspaper
    Ad Director
    $80,000

  32. Anonymous Says:

    photographer
    15 years in Gannett
    $48,000

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Wow. I’m not a Gannettoid. I was, briefly. I now work for another major corporation that treats its employees like dogs, because I just don’t learn, I guess.

    Just for comparison:

    Years worked for my company: 2
    Which operation: newspapers
    Your job title: reporter
    Annual pay: $20,000. Yes, I said twenty-thousand, and yes, I am full-time.

    I’m an idiot.

    If nothing else, even rookie Gannettoids get paid more. I will never make $30,000 with my current company.

  34. Anonymous Says:

    Years 5 (ish)
    Newspapers (large circ)
    Warehouse Mgr
    $25k

  35. Anonymous Says:

    This is the one that actually made me do a double-take:

    Years @ Gannett: 7
    Large circ newspaper (not USA Today)
    Reporter
    $80,000

    Really??

  36. Anonymous Says:

    Of course you can divide by 60k per year by 70 hours per week, then it isnt so impressive.

  37. Anonymous Says:

    VP/Advertising
    20 years
    $280,000 all in (bonus, clubs, stock)

  38. Failed Saving Throw Says:

    2:17 p.m. – Yeah, I was wondering if that was a typo. I did 7 years at a 100,000+ circ and was making $38,000 when I left.

    And by the way, I left because of my shitty salary.

  39. Anonymous Says:

    At Gannett, it doesn’t pay to stick around at one site. Your annual raises will be somewhere between 1 percent and 3.5 percent, unless you’re promoted to editor, manager, etc.

    For a big payoff, you need to work the system. A jump from one paper to another can boost your salary by 25 percent or more — at least it used to before the big crunch arrived.

  40. Anonymous Says:

    AzRepublic/Shooter
    Pulliam 6 years
    Gannett 8 years

    $86,200

  41. Anonymous Says:

    Years: 10
    Newspaper (Mid-Size)
    IT Manager
    $77,000
    $1500 MBO Bonus

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Years: 3.5
    Newspaper (D.C.)
    Reporter
    $51,000

  43. Anonymous Says:

    7 years
    newspaper
    copy editor
    $43,000

  44. Greg Says:

    My girlfriend works at Gannett, but I don’t (thankfully).

    I have to question whether any of this is relevant, because:

    a) The responses are self selected, so the results are likely to be skewed. While this is certainly not the case for everyone who has posted here, it’s easy to see how this site might draw more disgruntled workers than average, and how disgruntled workers might make less than average.

    b) I think the only conclusions you can draw is that workers at big-time papers in bigger cities make more than those at papers in the sticks. Also, long-tenured employees make more than flakes, and managers make more than underlings. No surprises there.

  45. Anonymous Says:

    how do MBO bonuses work, and how frequently are they used? Only with big projects, or for normal but high-expectation objectives?

  46. Anonymous Says:

    5 years
    Mid-Size Daily
    Digital Pre-press
    $24,000

    😦 I’m getting screwed.

  47. Anonymous Says:

    3:47, you made a leap there. With a few exceptions, folks didn’t post the size of their papers. I think it’s interesting seeing the wide range of responses. We know it’s a small percentage and we aren’t sitting here averaging this across 43,000 people.

    I was among those who posted my salary. I am disgruntled, but not about what I’m paid. I’m disgruntled at being treated like something someone scrapes off the bottom of their shoes. And all the money in the world wouldn’t change that.

  48. Anonymous Says:

    2
    newspaper
    online designer
    $36k

  49. Anonymous Says:

    2 yrs (6 yrs apart, 1 yr each)
    Circulation
    1st yr $40k DSM Out west
    2nd yr $45k HD Manager

    1st was a 450k
    2nd was 35k

    Juuuuuusst left before the original layoffs, late Junish.

  50. Anonymous Says:

    Agreed, 4:13. I posted mine, too, and while I sure would have liked to have made more (who wouldn’t, obviously), my compensation didn’t make me mad. Corporate’s endless, mindless directives did.

  51. Anonymous Says:

    Some executive assistants who rose the ranks with barely any experience at GCI are making $60,000+. And they’re getting annual bonuses.

  52. Anonymous Says:

    Anon 2:17,
    See Anon 2:39. If you stay at one paper, you’re condemned to a life of 2 1/2 percent raises. I worked at seven papers, including a long stretch in the big time at a KRI paper. Gannett recruited me and paid the right $$ to make it worth my while. Only later did I learn that money isn’t everything.

  53. Anonymous Says:

    22 years
    Advertising Director
    65,000 circ.
    $125,000 + bonus

  54. Anonymous Says:

    I would have to agree that it isnt the money. Who would’nt like to make more. It is the direction that the leadership has taken things.

    I say we should clean house at the top and bring back respectable and fair profit sharing, then you might see a change in attitudes.

  55. Anonymous Says:

    The truth is we all want to think Gannett is one company but its just a Media Holding Company that owns a bunch of businesses….small newspapers, large newspapers, TV stations, digital companies, and USA Today. These are all separate businesses with separate divisional oversight and separate P&L. My point? You are paid based on the budget of your individual site….not one big Gannett strategy. Sorry Jim…Gannett might have one stock price the way Disney has a stock price and Time Warner and Viacom but these media companies are far more complex than that.

  56. Anonymous Says:

    I worked at five Gannett newspapers, each one higher circulation, to get this far and take a buyout.

    Years worked for Gannett: 25
    Which operation: newspaper
    Your job title: former editor, turned columnist and moved to reporter.
    Annual pay: $70,000

  57. Anonymous Says:

    5:11 PM
    I hear you, but just when I start thinking that way, something really confusing happens. For example, a 9/3 SEC filing lists Cape Publications, Inc. and Gannett Digital in the CareerBuilder deal, but Gannett’s press release words it like total Gannett (one big company instead of two subsidiaries) incresed the CareerBuilder shares. Would someone please explain this to me?

  58. Anonymous Says:

    5:11 PM is absolutely right – I work at one of the “Other” Gannett Locations, and my job is entirely online. I’ve been working for two years and I’m afraid of posting my salary because it’s almost shaming to those who have put in many more years than I have.

    It’s not just Gannett, it’s the whole industry.

  59. Anonymous Says:

    1 year Gannett
    Large Circ Paper
    Pre-Press
    $40K for (37.5 hr work week)

    Our company just had massive buyouts, if we just invested in some new computers and software I think we could afford to cut down another 25%.

    Way too many dino’s in here.

  60. Anonymous Says:

    11
    Newspaper
    News Clerk, page designer, editor
    Started at $12,480. currently at $38,200

  61. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 11 (I left in 2001)
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: Copy editor
    Annual pay: $48,000

  62. Anonymous Says:

    Years at Gannett: 5
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: Admin. Asst.
    Annual Pay: $35,000

  63. Anonymous Says:

    5 years
    Newspaper
    Shooter
    $27K full-time.

  64. Anonymous Says:

    Not only is the size of the paper important, so is the location. Different areas of the country have higher/lower costs of living and pay will (should) be proportionately so.

  65. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked for Gannett: 3
    Metro newspaper
    Job title: Director of Employee Relations
    Annual pay: $78,000

  66. Anonymous Says:

    14 Years
    Newspaper
    Marketing Dir
    $97,000 + Performance Bonus of up to
    $35,000

  67. Anonymous Says:

    Prior to leaving Gannett in July:
    $41,000
    5 years
    Multimedia Producer
    Newspaper

  68. Keneke Says:

    At this mid size newspaper, 37 years
    Years owned by Gannett = 25
    Senior Technician
    $65K annually

  69. Anonymous Says:

    copy editor metro paper

    42 years

    years owned by gannett 8

    64k

  70. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked for Gannett: 5
    Which operation: newspaper
    Your job title: reporter
    Annual pay: $37,000

  71. Anonymous Says:

    Years at Gannett: 9
    Which operation: Publishing
    Your job title: District Sales Manager
    Annual Pay: $22,900

  72. Anonymous Says:

    Your job title: CEO
    Annual Pay: $8 Million and worth every penny.

    Ahhhh, life is good!

  73. Anonymous Says:

    years: 2
    midsize newspaper
    reporter
    $42,000

  74. Anonymous Says:

    Years 9
    larger newspaper
    sports reporter
    60K

  75. Anonymous Says:

    Wow. I guess I’ve done better than I thought I had — thanks to job-jumping over the years.

    Years worked for Gannett: 20
    Which operation: metro newspaper
    Your job title: reporter
    Annual pay: $76,000

  76. Anonymous Says:

    5 years (2 in graphics 3 in IT)
    Medium newspaper
    IT all around (means always on call)
    32K

    just for comparison
    our Network Admin
    10 years
    60K

    our Programmer
    14 years
    54K

  77. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked for Gannett: 8
    Medium newspaper
    Reporter/Editor
    60k

  78. Anonymous Says:

    Another thing besides circulation size and location that might make a big difference is whether the paper was a purchased paper and when it was purchased.

    For example, if a copy editor made $50,000 under the previous owners, then Gannett would have to keep paying that and basing raises on that salary. At least, until the person left or was fired/bought out/etc.

    The longer it’s been since the paper was bought, and the more turnover there’s been, the more likely it is that salaries have been Gannettized to be lower. Or at least that’s the way it seems to me.

  79. Anonymous Says:

    Not enough.

  80. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 6
    Operation: Newspaper
    Title: Reporter
    Annual starting pay: $28,000
    Current pay: $51,250

    My job, apparently, is safe in these troubled times. I hate to say this, but I actually like my job and my boss is a decent person. I guess I belong on a different blog site.

  81. Jim Hopkins Says:

    8:11: No, no, no! We need people here with a positive outlook, too. Please keep coming back.

  82. Anonymous Says:

    In 2000, a metro Gannett paper offered me $60,000 a year to be an assitant city editor — which is also about what other large papers were paying at the time. (I didn’t take it, but pay wasn’t the issue.)

    That equates to about $71,000 in 2007 dollars.

  83. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 20
    Operation: largest daily in GCI
    Title: Director of Real Estate
    Annual pay: $180,000 salary + $40,000 bonus

  84. Anonymous Says:

    8:11 a.m. — Having a positive outlook is great. I’m wondering, though, why you feel your job is safe in these troubled times. $50k a year is more than a lot of reporters with similar longevity are reporting here, and Gannett seems to make most decisions based on money not productivity. Aren’t you worried that you could be cut to carry 1 1/2 new reporters with significantly lower salaries? Do you know something I don’t? Just curious. I’m not trying to be facetious.

  85. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked: 7
    Operation: Corporate IT
    Title: Senior Analyst
    Annual Pay: $87,000

    Recently left the company before the possibility arose of being laid off…

  86. Anonymous Says:

    Years Worked: 3
    Operation: Broadcasting
    Title: News Producer
    Annual Pay: $42,000

  87. Anonymous Says:

    Another non-Gannett comparison.

    Top 10 Media Company – publicly traded.
    Top 50 Metro market
    200K circ

    Years worked 2
    Operation: New Product Development
    Title: Director
    Annual Pay: $115,000

  88. Anonymous Says:

    Years Worked: 16
    Operation: Ad Services
    Title: Mailroom Clerk, Proofreader,Any Assorted Jobs as Assigned. “Employee of the Month”
    Annual Pay: $24,000

  89. Jim Hopkins Says:

    A reader sent the following in an e-mail:

    Years: 10 at Gannett, 20 in industry before leaving voluntarily last year
    Division: Metro newspaper (not USA Today)
    Title: Reporter
    Salary: $79,000

  90. Anonymous Says:

    Years for Gannett: 5
    Title: Producer, web
    Salary: $42,000

  91. Anonymous Says:

    years with gci – 15
    position – salaried metro writer
    pay – $69.000 plus lump sum cola
    expense vouchers – priceless

  92. Anonymous Says:

    years:7
    Corporate Mail Clerk
    35000/yr
    left in 2001 after being accused of stealing McCorkingdale’s daughter’s christmas present

  93. Anonymous Says:

    Years: 3
    Title: Online Director
    Salary: $105,000
    Bonus: $10k out of $20k potential
    Perks: Free Internet Service

  94. Jim Hopkins Says:

    A reader sent the following in an e-mail:

    Years at Gannett: 17
    Operation: 100,000-plus daily newspaper
    Job Title: Feature Writer
    Salary: $37,000 when I left 11 years ago to go into PR.

  95. Anonymous Says:

    OMG, 6:02! That’s awful!! And yet so crazy that it made me laugh out loud. I’m sure you’re glad you’re gone.

    I gotta say, I’m surprised that so many reporters are making so much … especially when you see other reporters making so little. Are the highest paid reporters the “stars” who have great sources and dig the hardest to find meaningful stories? Or is that just what reporters at large-circ papers get paid?

  96. Anonymous Says:

    Worked: 3
    Small circ. newspaper
    Title: special sections editor
    Pay: $45,000

  97. Anonymous Says:

    What is truly amazing is the salary of the advertising directors. The bigger secret is how much the average advertising rep on the street makes working for a newspaper – FAR more than any editor or reporter! At Gannett, it is ALL about the money.

  98. Anonymous Says:

    The salary of newsroom folks at the smaller gannet papers, especially those “little” papers they bought in 2001, is abysmal. Yes, reporters at $20,000, and editors at MAYBE $30,000. Pathetic.

  99. Anonymous Says:

    9 years
    Newspaper
    An assistant editor
    $48,000 (started out at $30,000)

  100. Anonymous Says:

    2 years
    mid size newspaper
    photographer
    $32,000

  101. Anonymous Says:

    The info asked for doesn’t give an adequate picture to be useful. Seems essential also to ask for years of experience prior to tenure in Gannett position.

    As a practical example: I took a gig w/a medium-sized Gannett IC for a so-so salary after working for a few years in a way bigger market for a top media provider making WAY more $$$.

    So will my current salary seem over-the-top to some? Or totally insulting? Or just about right given my skills, goals, outlook and circumstances?

    As usual with quantification, the devil is in the details.

  102. Anonymous Says:

    Years in the business: 10
    Years with Gannett: 6
    Operation: news, major metro
    Title: reporter
    Annual salary: About $50,000

    My first reporting job at a small circulation daily paid $7/ hour. Learned a lot. Still a crime.

    Three years later, I was offered a job at a Gannett paper. It was a mid-sized metro and I saw a 44 percent salary increase.

    Moving to a major metro brought another 15 percent increase.

    News won’t make a reporter rich, but the finances work for me – and it’s damned fun. (Apart from the layoffs bit.)

  103. Anonymous Says:

    Less than a year (straight out of college)
    Major metro daily (came from an internship)
    Online producer/editor
    $32,000

  104. Anonymous Says:

    Too many years
    Director at mid-size property
    $150,000 plus bonus, stock, country club membership, and a company car when the publisher isn’t using it. tft!

  105. Anonymous Says:

    “What is truly amazing is the salary of the advertising directors. The bigger secret is how much the average advertising rep on the street makes working for a newspaper – FAR more than any editor or reporter! At Gannett, it is ALL about the money.”

    As it is in television, radio, magazines, etc. News does not pay the bills, advertising does. I once a quote on a reporters desk, “a newspaper without news is just paper”. I always thought to myself, how can somebody be so out of touch with the business? A newspaper without advertising is out of business. A newspaper without news is a shopper, and still in business.

    I hope you realize what butters the bread before you complain about sales salaries. Of course, you could give up your comfy salary and live off of commission like many sales people do.

  106. Jim Hopkins Says:

    Amen, 8:43! I always told people that news filled the space that advertising left behind.

  107. Anonymous Says:

    And I once worked for a publisher (not at Gannett) who said that copy editors were just there to make the stories fit around the ads. He didn’t care about the skill or talent it takes a good copy editor to push through a solid story. All he cared about were the ads and the money. (BTW, that paper doesn’t exist anymore.)

    There’s a fine line there, and it’s imperative that it doesn’t get blurred. Let’s just say that both parts are equally needed: You need great salespeople busting their humps to pull in ads, and you need great newspeople to produce a quality product so that advertisers and readers keep coming back. Any newspaper that doesn’t have both is in trouble. And both departments need adequate resources in order to do their best.

  108. Anonymous Says:

    Bottom line is a sales person can’t make too much if they are bringing in more than they’re keeping. If you’re living off commission and pulling in a huge salary, kudos.

    I’m a reporter by the way.

  109. Anonymous Says:

    These numbers are worthless if people don’t post their locale.

  110. Jim Hopkins Says:

    10:02: You are correct that location would be useful. Readers are certainly free to include that, plus circulation/viewership, etc., if they choose.

    I didn’t call for that level of detail in my original post, however, because I was afraid it would depress responses from people who feared their boss would be able to identify them.

  111. Anonymous Says:

    Years worked for Gannett: Juuust about a decade
    Which operation: NJ newspaper
    Your job title: ADS
    Starting Salary: $25,350
    Current pay: $31,000

    All those 3% raises have really worked wonders. I think by NJ standards I can collect food stamps.

  112. Anonymous Says:

    Years in newspapers/television: almost 10
    Years at Gannett: 9 months
    Title: higher ed reporter
    Current Pay: $29,000
    Locale: south/midsize daily metro

    By the way, I’m curious about mileage reimbursement rates at other places. Ours is dismal and gas is killing me.

  113. Anonymous Says:

    Years at Gannett: 10 years
    Title: Market Development Director, (left 2007)
    Pay: $102,000, + 15% MBO
    Location: Mid-size market in Southeast

  114. Anonymous Says:

    I’m’ quite ashamed to say:

    Years at Gannett: almost 15 years
    Title: Entertainment editor/features writer/paginator (all at once) (left 2005)
    Pay: $34,000 at the end (and lots of unpaid overtime)

  115. Anonymous Says:

    I think I just threw up in my mouth reading this! LOL I got screwed, for sure!!

  116. Anonymous Says:

    Amen to 9:47 PM and 9:57 PM!

    * Years worked for Gannett: 2
    * Which operation: large daily metro newspaper
    * Your job title: sales rep (retail territories)
    * Annual pay: $85,000

  117. Anonymous Says:

    – Worked for Gannett: 5 months
    – Operation: newspaper
    – Title: Web Architect
    – Salary: $38,000 and some change

    I need a raise…

  118. Anonymous Says:

    * Years worked for Gannett: almost 2, straight from college
    * Which operation: newspaper, 40K
    * Your job title: reporter
    * Annual pay: $27,000ish

    FWIW: I know two other recent grads who took jobs at midwest Gannett papers within the last year for the same starting salary: $26,500.

    I calculated and assuming a 3% annual raise, it would still take me to my sixth year to break $30K and to my fifteenth to break $40K. Think I’ve decided it’s time to hop to another paper, if only for a pay raise. I knew they got me cheap and since I’m young, I took it. But damn. This is depressing.

  119. Anonymous Says:

    “9/23/2008 11:06 PM: I’ve decided it’s time to hop to another paper”

    Uh, you’re young and recently out of college. Might want to consider ‘hopping’ out of newspaper and into another media. It is very unlikely that newspapers will make it to your ‘fifteenth’.

  120. Jim Hopkins Says:

    A reader sent this in an e-mail:

    Years worked for Gannett: 4.5
    Which operation: newspaper/web
    Your job title: reporter
    Annual pay: $56,800

  121. Anonymous Says:

    Newspaper reporter
    I used to work for a mid sized Gannett daily around 15 yrs ago. I was making around 30 K there, which was about 10 K higher than the small daily i left.
    I left there to go to a large daily and received another salary jump up to 40K. I left the large daily and the industry after three more years at 50K.

    Sad to see so many salaries are the same as 15 years ago.

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