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Columnist salaries

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Pulitzer Wannabe, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. I've often heard that sports columnists are among the most well-paid newspaper staffers.

    So how much does a, say, Jay Mariotti or Bill Plaschke or Whitlock pull in? What about smaller-paper columnists? Is that still the case for the guys competing in the 40,000-100,000 APSE category? Is the guy in Eugene, Ore., or Gainesville, Fla., pulling in decent coin?

    I've always wondered.
     
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'd say the over/under for a college town columnist (like the two mentioned) would be $55-$60K.
     
  3. SEC Guy

    SEC Guy Member

    Whatever George Schroeder is getting in Eugene, it's not enough. Whatever Pat Dooley is getting in Gainesville, he's overpaid.
     
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've been told several times that Albom is pulling seven figures from the Freep. I've also been told several times that there is no way in hell that's true.
     
  5. Those were just college towns I pulled out of my ass. Pick a city, any city - Syracuse, Bloomington, Ann Arbor, Lexington, Tucson, Austin, Raleigh, etc., etc.
     
  6. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Depends on the chain. Depends, too, on whether they're really a columnist, or a reporter who happens to get a mugshot once a week for a "column" on their beat.
     
  7. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    a lead columnists at a major daily is making more than $100,000, to be certain

    I cant' believe Albom gets seven figures. I'm sure he makes that with all his sources, but not from the paper alone.
     
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've read that LeBatard makes around $400K from Miami. Part of his deal is that he can freelance at will for ESPN. That was actually a few years back when the Sun-Sentinel was trying to hire him away, so it could be higher or lower now...
     
  9. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    There is no way in bloody hell that the Freep has enough money to give Albom a million every year. 500K? That I will believe. 750K? Maybe. But $1 million? Just for his newspaper work? No. Way.
     
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I guess my question would be, Who do we think is the highest-paid newspaper (not magazine or website) columnist?

    My money would be on Albom or Lupica.
     
  11. floridasun

    floridasun Member

    Dooley ain't that bad. Some of his stuff is really good. Tends to go long, but he's writing to a very specific audience. Plus, while he's a columnist, he also does other stuff. He broke the Spurrier leaving story and is well connected in Gainesville. You can't beat that. Can he be a homer at times, sure, but most college-town columnists can be accused of that, I'm sure.
     
  12. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Because of his books, and resulting crossover appeal, I'd have to say Albom. Probably around $600K, plus perks.

    Not a bad gig.
     
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