Board Operator Salary
Median pay for Board Operators in the United States is around $10.22 per hour. Male Board Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in four collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Board Operator
Board operators work behind the scenes at radio stations by using an audio-mixing board to control what sounds and sound effects are heard on listeners' favorite radio programs. Board operators generally perform background duties so the radio host can focus on performing the best vocal show possible. In many large and small radio stations, they occasionally get air-time with the radio hosts, as well.Read More...
Radio board operators must be experienced with high-level audio equipment, ranging from the audio board to the music-playing software used by the station, and be able to troubleshoot and correct any technical difficulties that may occur during a radio program. They must also adjust for volume equalization and special effects as the host speaks and music plays to achieve the best-possible sound for listeners.
The hours of a board operator depend entirely upon the radio station and program to which they are assigned. They typically work during a specific hourly shift or length of broadcast, though this can vary, as radio show blocks often play around-the-clock. A high school diploma or equivalent may be a minimum requirement for this position, and certification and experience with audio engineering are highly beneficial.
Board Operator Tasks
- Run the control board and studio during live shows.
- Monitor live contests and screen phone listeners.
- Execute on-air changes and pre-programed shows.
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