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Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Pay for Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States is very modest at just $32K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. While roughly two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Radio Disc Jockeys greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Radio Disc Jockeys like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,466 - $70,234
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$70K
MEDIAN: $31,732
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$7.37 - $15.59
(Median)
$7
$9
$16
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,466 - $70,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
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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$17,211 - $64,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.37 - $15.59  
   
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 - $9,696  
   
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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$17,211 - $64,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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


Cumulus Media, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $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 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 — $30K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Disc Jockeys make a median salary of $35K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $45K.

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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

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 48 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 41%