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Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Radio Disc Jockeys aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $33K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by around two in five. For the most part, Radio Disc Jockeys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,975 - $72,735
(Median)
$22K
$33K
$73K
MEDIAN: $32,622
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90%

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$7.38 - $15.51
(Median)
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,975 - $72,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,753  
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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$17,401 - $65,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.38 - $15.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,753  
   
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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$17,401 - $65,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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

  • Provide commentary on pop, sports, or news stories.
  • Select, arrange, and broadcast music for a given audience.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio


Cumulus Media, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $40K on average.

Offering a median salary of only $31K, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $24K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $30K on average. Radio Disc Jockeys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. Radio Disc Jockeys who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $48K.

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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 62%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 43%
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