Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Median pay for Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States is around $36K per year, but employers in New York offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $98K. Radio Disc Jockeys will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+45 percent) and Los Angeles (+29 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,271 - $77,400
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$36K
$77K
MEDIAN: $35,524
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$8.55 - $20.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,271 - $77,400  
   
Bonus
$170.00 - $16,500  
Total Pay (?
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$20,305 - $67,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $20.61  
   
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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$20,305 - $67,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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


Cumulus Media, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $40K.

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $31K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $27K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. For Radio Disc Jockeys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. For some reason, Radio Disc Jockeys with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $37K.

Key Stats for Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Experienced
▲43%

Late-Career
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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