The pay of journalists are dependent upon a number of factors. The factors that the pay scale of journalists is dependent upon is inclusive of factors such as work experience, the kind of journalist the person in question is, the place you work and what they can afford to pay, and the type of pay you will receive. Although the pay range is in fact, dependent upon such factors, fresh college graduates, free-lancers, and amature writers are typically paid based upon the number of words that they write. Experienced journalists and writers tend to get paid per article. Senior writers and journalists typically earn a payroll of $200k or more per year.