Anchoring the news is still a heady and somewhat prestigious gig, but if money is your thing, in smaller markets you are better off being a cop, a teacher or even a waitress in a busy restaurant or bar.
A survey of anchor salaries ranges from a low of $18,500 to Diane Sawyer's $12M at ABC.
Here in Watertown, based on what I know from my time in the biz long ago, I would say the senior anchors here make in the $50 to $ 60K range with the newbies probably clocking in at $20K to $30K.
As local news operations have shrunk, so have salaries..but regardless of the money you can't put a price on being recognized on the street...Or so the boss tells you.
I recall a conversation years ago with I think it was Dennis Honeywell....he was carping about pay and the boss told him its a prestigious job...
"I had a bowl of that prestige for breakfast and it wasn't very filling," said Dennis.....Or if he didn't say, he should have.
TV news salaries range from millions for Diane Sawyer and Matt Lauer to the low five figures - NY Daily News