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Journalism in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Journalism Programs in Pennsylvania

Around 0.2% of Pennsylvania's graduates graduate from journalism degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 844 journalists graduate from Pennsylvania's 19 journalism schools.

Top Schools

Carnegie Mellon University, which is located in Pittsburgh, is the top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a journalism program. It received a ranking of 16th in the country in 2010. In 2010, no students graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's journalism program. Tuition at Carnegie Mellon University was $42,136 per year.

The second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a journalism program is Temple University. Temple University, which was ranked 24th in the country in 2010, is located in Philadelphia. 162 students graduated with degree in journalism from Temple University in 2010. Temple University charged in-state students $12,424 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a journalism program is Duquesne University. Duquesne University, which was ranked 29th in the country in 2010, is located in Pittsburgh. In 2010, 26 students graduated from Duquesne University journalism program. Students at Duquesne University paid $27,502 per year in tuition fees.


If you choose to attend a Pennsylvania journalism school, average tuition will be $16,946 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $3,090 per year to $42,136 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Pennsylvania journalism schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $42,136 per year
  2. Lehigh University - located in Bethlehem, students are charged $39,780 per year
  3. Chatham University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $29,188 per year

The journalism schools in Pennsylvania that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Luzerne County Community College - located in Nanticoke, students are charged $3,090 per year
  2. Northampton County Area Community College - located in Bethlehem, students are charged $3,270 per year
  3. Bucks County Community College - located in Newtown, students are charged $3,742 per year

A journalism degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

A large number of Pennsylvania journalism graduates become journalists. In 2010, there were 2,010 journalists working in Pennsylvania. The following counties have the largest number of Pennsylvania journalists:

  1. Bucks County - 510 journalists
  2. Allegheny County - 480 journalists
  3. Cumberland County - 140 journalists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of journalists is expected to shrink by -10% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,650 journalists working in the Pennsylvania then.


A journalist in Pennsylvania earns $37,280 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Pennsylvania journalists earned as little as less than $15,870 per year or as much as more than $70,110 per year. On average a journalist earns the most in the following Pennsylvania counties:

  1. Erie County - $45,610 per year
  2. Allegheny County - $43,180 per year
  3. Lackawanna County - $43,060 per year

The Pennsylvania counties with the lowest average salary for journalists are:

  1. Bedford County - $23,470 per year
  2. Adams County - $28,770 per year
  3. Clarion County - $28,860 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Pennsylvania statistics regarding a career in journalism and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as communications or journalism.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Journalism in Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Journalism in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers 2,290 $34,030 9.6%
Reporters and Correspondents 2,010 $37,280 -13.0%
Broadcast News Analysts 200 $42,560 -35.5%

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