Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Radio Disc Jockeys who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up approximately one-half of Radio Disc Jockeys. Pay fluctuates from $18K to $66K per year, but expected earnings average $33K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radio Disc Jockeys. Male Radio Disc Jockeys are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over a half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,173 - $73,746

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$7.43 - $16.36

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,173 - $73,746  
   
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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$17,567 - $65,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.43 - $16.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$17,567 - $65,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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


Those at Cumulus Media, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K.

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $32K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $18K to $60K) 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Disc Jockeys make a median salary of $36K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $44K on average.

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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 45%
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