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Journalist Salary in South Africa

Last Updated: June 26th, 2018
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Journalist Salary

So, you want to become a journalist. You wander how much do they earn per month. Can you make a living out of journalism?

You’ve come to the right place.

We are going to have a look at the journalist salary in South Africa and their roles.

The figures are collected and calculated by some of the top recruiter websites in the country.

Before we get into the “how-much“, let’s first talk about the role of a journalist.

This will give us a clear understand of journalist salary and how it is calculated.

What is the role of a journalist?

Journalism is a huge career which many families live by.

A journalist is a person that carries out research to write about stories. These stories are published in newspapers and online in a website.

Some news websites publish articles frequently. Be it, breaking news or opinions, journalism requires a lot of work and dedication.

Journalists do a lot of research before publishing stories. They must make sure the article is relevant and is able to grab the reader’s attention.

For example:

You look at news titles from the Daily Sun newspaper, without a doubt, you would want to read the article from that eye-catching title.

According to Payscale, here are the tasks of a journalist:

  • Collect and interpret facts about news events through interviews, investigations, and observation.
  • Work with news editor and reporters to generate new content.
  • Review and edit copy.
  • Report and write stories for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, or the internet.

Now that you have a picture of what they do, let’s see how much journalist earn per month.

Journalist Salary in 2018

An estimation by Indeed, the average salary of a journalist is R9 728 per month.

The estimate is determined based on 73 salary submissions on the recruiter website.

Payscale estimate journalist salaries range from R59 057 to R311 792 per year. However, this would be for experienced journalists.

On average, Payscale estimate a journalist would make R124 376 per year.

When we divide the amount by 12, it gives us a salary close to what indeed estimated (R10 364 p/m).

What if I can’t live by, with that salary?

You’d agree with me when I say, one can’t live a better lifestyle with a R10k salary. Considering the fact that you’re also looking after your family with that salary.

Many journalists turns to do a lot of freelance work for passive income. To make more from journalism, you will have to come up with other ideas that’ll give you more income.

Checkout these ideas for passive income.