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Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Pay for Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States is very modest at just $32K per year. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Radio Disc Jockeys are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to two-fifths. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$20,471 - $69,043
(Median)
20K
32K
47K
69K
MEDIAN: $31,513
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$7.31 - $15.26
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,471 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,000  
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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$16,742 - $63,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.31 - $15.26  
   
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 - $9,000  
   
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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$16,742 - $63,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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.

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

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Radio Disc Jockeys. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $24K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $29K on average. Radio Disc Jockeys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $48K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 74%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 39%