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Study: Local TV Pay Doesn’t Keep Pace with Inflation

A new study by the Radio Television Digital News Association and Hoftsra University found salaries at local television stations have been losing ground to inflation for the last ten years.

The study tracked salaries at local TV stations over a five and ten year period.  In the period between 2007 and 2012, while inflation rose by 12 percent, local TV pay rose by only 10.5 percent.  The pay gap widened over a ten year period with inflation rising by 28 percent while salaries rose by just 21.6 percent.

Between 2002 and 2012, the study showed only news directors (+35.9%), weathercasters ( (+37%), sports anchors (+28.6%), and assignment editors (+28.3%) beat the rise of inflation.  The biggest loser over the ten year period were web and mobile writers (+13.3%).  News assistants saw the largest drop (-3.1%) in pay between 2007 and 2012 compared to an inflation rate of 12 percent.

Click here to view the .pdf of the report.

[Variety]

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