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Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $32K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and nearly two in five have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Radio Disc Jockeys survey respondents are men (70 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,975 - $71,662
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$72K
MEDIAN: $32,115
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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 (?
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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,975 - $71,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,716  
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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$17,263 - $64,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 - $9,716  
   
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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$17,263 - $64,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Radio Disc Jockeys seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Cumulus Media, Inc., where the average salary comes to $40K.

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $31K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Radio Disc Jockeys. The average inexperienced worker earns $24K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $30K. Radio Disc Jockeys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Radio Disc Jockeys who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $46K.

 
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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

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
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 43%
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