Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $32K per year. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, about one-half report medical coverage and close to a third claim dental coverage as well. Radio Disc Jockeys who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,845 - $74,127
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$74K
MEDIAN: $32,412
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$7.46 - $18.18
(Median)
$7
$10
$18
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,845 - $74,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,819  
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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$17,920 - $66,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.46 - $18.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.41  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,819  
   
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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$17,920 - $66,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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


Radio Disc Jockeys flock to Cumulus Media, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $40K lead the pack in compensation.

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $31K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $17K to $61K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

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

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


Radio Disc Jockeys generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $24K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $41K.

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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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