Montana Journalism and Communications Careers, Salaries, and Associations
There are over 500 workers in the public relations sector, which is lower than the national average according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is on par with the neighboring states of Idaho, Wyoming, and the directional Dakotas.
The southwestern portion of the state holds the most job opportunities within public relations, which is where the densely-populated areas are located. The median salary sits at around $50,740 across the state and is fairly low in comparison to the rest of the country. That figure does grow in the more populated areas, and salaries can see over $89,900 within the top 10 percent of workers.
Reporting jobs across the state of Montana is fairly average, but when taking the entire state into consideration, it sits on the lower end of the spectrum. This is still on par with many regional states, such as Idaho and North Dakota. Some of the highest concentration of reporters in the entire country are in Missoula and Great Falls.
Despite the many opportunities in close proximity, salaries still fall lower than the national median, especially in Missoula with an annual mean salary of just under $33,000. Statewide, the figures on average are at a low $29,270, which is lower than all neighboring states and across the entire United States.
Montana Newspaper Association
The Montana Newspaper Association (MNA) connects 84 newspapers across the state to protect the free press, promote the journalism industry across the state, and provides services to those looking for improvement in their journalistic skills and other related professional development. Numerous publications are listed in the association, such as The Missoulian, Great Falls Tribune, and the Billings Gazette.
One benefit for joining the program are awards recognizing the most outstanding journalist in the area annually to put into the hall of fame. Eligible award winners are editing or publishing a local newspaper that are in good standing with the MNA.