Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Pay for Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States is very modest at just $34K per year. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Radio Disc Jockeys who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. For the most part, Radio Disc Jockeys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,492 - $74,424
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$74K
MEDIAN: $33,742
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$7.43 - $16.36
(Median)
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,492 - $74,424  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,803  
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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$17,417 - $66,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.43 - $16.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,803  
   
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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$17,417 - $66,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Cumulus Media, Inc. offers the most; Radio Disc Jockeys earn $40K on average there.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Clear Channel Communications, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $60K, the company's median pay sits at $32K, the lowest in the field.

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

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $24K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $30K. For Radio Disc Jockeys, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $46K.

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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

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
18%
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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