Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Radio Disc Jockeys earn around $35K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in New York, offering approximately $98K at the median. Radio Disc Jockeys will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+45 percent) and Los Angeles (+28 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,138 - $78,536
$23K
$35K
$79K
MEDIAN: $35,344
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$8.56 - $20.54
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$21
MEDIAN: $10.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$23,138 - $78,536  
   
Bonus
$170.00 - $16,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,276 - $67,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$8.56 - $20.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.74  
Overtime
$7.36 - $79.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$170.00 - $16,500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,276 - $67,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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.

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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Cumulus Media, Inc. — the median salary there is $40K.

With a median salary of only $31K, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $17K to $61K isn't that wide, either.

Pay by Experience Level for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $27K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. Radio Disc Jockeys bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $36K.

Key Stats for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Experienced
▲35%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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