Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary
Job Description for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio
The radio disc jockey or DJ is an invaluable part of the radio broadcast team. The DJ is the voice of the radio station and as such, professionalism is required, but a sunny disposition is helpful as well. From their broadcast booth in the studio, the DJ shares music, appropriate commentary and ads with the general public. DJs are responsible for maintaining an accurate and consistent schedule of ads playing on the air; this requires close contact with the Ads Manger and other team members in order to keep up the requirements of the ad buys.Read More...
The job requires both indoor and outdoor work time; DJs are primarily based out of the broadcast booth in the studio working with a technician on the main station equipment. However the position does require numerous on-location broadcasts. These broadcasts are integral to maintaining ad buys, media relations, a loyal fan base. They are mandatory and require working in all weather conditions.
The schedule for a DJ varies by need, however to maintain consistent broadcasting, most DJs do have set times to broadcast from the studio. On-location broadcasts will either be during those set broadcasts times or the DJ would be on location working in tandem with a DJ in the studio at a none scheduled time. The DJ requires basic radio broadcast licenses from the FCA, the government agency that oversees the broadcast of radio signals. Obtaining licenses usually requires taking a generalized test on radio and radio signal knowledge. The DJ must be proficient with computers in order to properly utilize broadcast system.
Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Tasks
- Select, arrange, and broadcast music for a given audience.
- Provide commentary on pop, sports, or news stories.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio
Those at Cumulus Media, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K.
Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the lowest median salary at $31K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $17K and $61K.
Pay by Experience Level for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $25K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $31K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $39K.