Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $32K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Radio Disc Jockeys report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Radio Disc Jockeys are male. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and around one in three have dental coverage, roughly one-half claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Cumulus Media, Inc. — the median salary there is $40K.

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $31K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as 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.


For many Radio Disc Jockeys, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Radio Disc Jockeys who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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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