There are many people who are, in the words of the famous Kinks song "dedicated followers of fashion." As part of their pursuit, they invariably digest information from experts. Fashion journalists fulfil this function by producing editorial copy that comments and explains aspects of the fashion industry---from catwalk shows and couture trends to profiles of industry players and manufacturing processes. They may work for print media, online portals or broadcasting, as well as the editorial departments of fashion design firms.
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For the purposes of its national survey of employment, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics classified fashion journalists alongside other types of reporters and correspondents. It reported that the mean annual salary across the category was £28,457. This is equivalent to an hourly rate of £13.6. Individuals in the top 10 per cent of earners received averaged £48,899, while those in the bottom 10 per cent earned an average of less than £12,980. At the time of publication, Indeed.com listed the average annual salary for a fashion journalist specifically as £33,150, while fashion-schools.org placed the median at £30,550.
Salary by Industry
The bureau's survey also detailed how salary levels for journalists vary across different sectors of industry. The largest numbers were reported as working for newspaper, periodical, book and directory services. The mean annual wages within this sector was given as £24,973. Reporters working within radio and television broadcasting earned a mean of £34,833, while those employed by cable and other subscription programming received £38,870. Reporters that move into teaching, in colleges, universities and professional schools, earned a mean pay rate of £31,154.
Salary by Geography
The bureau listed District of Columbia and New Jersey as the states in which reporters were likely to secure the highest mean salaries---$69,570 and £40,228, respectively. Salary levels were comparable between Massachusetts and New York State, with means of £39,383 and £38,837, respectively. In contrast, Nebraska was reported at £17,641 and South Dakota at just £17,231.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job market for reporters of all types to decline by around 6 per cent over the decade from 2008 to 2018. This contrasts sharply with estimates for the country as a whole, predicted to grow by between 7 and 13 per cent over the same time. Consolidation and convergence of media outlets will be a significant factor in this decline. The bureau also cautions that such is the field's popularity as a career choice competition for all vacancies is likely to be keen. As such, salary levels are unlikely to increase in the immediate future.
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