Wage survey reveals wide discrepancies

A new survey from the National Union of Journalists has revealed that magazine reporters in London have seen their pay rise by more than £3,000 to £25,440, on average, since 2000.

The London Magazines Branch of the union carried out a survey of its members which shows that editors’ pay has risen by an average of 3.35 per cent a year, to an average of £38,885.

The highest salary of any respondent was £75,000 while the lowest was £18,000 – a ‘scandalous’amount, according to branch officials.

The figures hide a wide discrepancy within job roles – some reporters earn as much as £39,000 and editors can get £26,000-£52,000.

Only 10 per cent of all respondents said they kept to their contracted 35 hours a week, with another 10 per cent working more than 50 hours a week. The average working week was 36.5 hours.

Around 180 took part in the survey.

Average London salaries:

Reporter – £25,440

Senior reporter – £31,535

Staff writer – £26,670

Section editor – £33,000

Sub-editor – £23,880

Chief sub-editor – £35,580

Designer – £25,500

Picture researcher – £27,700

Deputy editor – £33,580

Editor – £38,885

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