Disc Jockey (DJ), Radio Salary

Those pursuing careers as Radio Disc Jockeys in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $33K annually. 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. Radio Disc Jockeys who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, slightly more than half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$22,141 - $73,824
(Median)
$22K
$33K
$74K
MEDIAN: $33,199
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$7.45 - $16.47
(Median)
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,141 - $73,824  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$17,534 - $66,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.45 - $16.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$17,534 - $66,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Clear Channel Communications, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $61K, the company's median pay sits at $31K, 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Radio Disc Jockeys. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $24K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $46K on average.

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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 44 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
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 45%
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