The INN Member Compensation Study benchmarks salary and benefits data for jobs at newsrooms across the INN Network.
INN’s second survey, released in October 2022, collected input from more than one-quarter of INN Network newsrooms and included compensation for 16 jobs: Executive Director/ CEO, COO/Director of Operations , Editor-in-Chief/Executive Editor, Development Director/Chief Development Officer, Major Gifts Officer, Digital Producer, Managing Editor, Engagement Editor, Beat Reporter, Reporter, Data Journalist, Visual Journalist, Membership Manager, Intern.
This survey was conducted by Pearl Meyer, a nationally recognized advisor to Boards and senior management teams in the areas of compensation strategy and design.
Paid time off (PTO): 86% offer a paid time off program (up from just over half in 2020), with an average of 19 paid days off plus 12 paid holidays.
Parental leave: more than half offer paid parental leave that is not required by or spelled out in the Family Medical Leave Act (up from 36%), and the average length of paid time has increased from 9 to 12 weeks.
Retirement plan: 60% offer a retirement savings plan (up from 54%), and about two-thirds of those provide matching contributions; 95% match the first 4%.
Medical: nearly 72% offer an employer-sponsored medical plan and 70% offer a dental plan, paying on average 84% of the premiums. This data point was not included in the 2020 study but INN believes, based on anecdotal evidence, that this benefit has expanded.
Work from home: 99% offer the ability to work remotely, with 71% citing work/family balance as a rationale
Members that participated in INN Index and the compensation study: Free
Startups that become members or are provisional members of INN (defined as organizations launched in the past 18 months): $100
New members (joined after the compensation study was completed): $250
Members who completed the most recent INN Index but skipped the compensation study: $450
Members who skipped both the most recent INN Index and the compensation study: $750