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Disc Jockey (DJ) Salary

A Disc Jockey (DJ) earns an average wage of $30.22 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
$13,236 - $74,190
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MEDIAN: $30,252
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$10.85 - $100.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$13,236 - $74,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$18,851 - $203,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $100.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.08 - $7.00  
Overtime
$14.54 - $103.65  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$18,851 - $203,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Disc Jockey (DJ)

Traditionally, a disc jockey (DJ) has been an on-air broadcaster who selected music to air on a radio station and chatted between songs. However, this job has changed substantially over the last 30 years. Radio stations now often use centralized network programming transmitted by satellite or the Internet, so most DJs work at music clubs, special events, and parties, especially for weddings and similar private occasions.

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Disc Jockey (DJ) Tasks

  • Maintain up-to-date musical inventory for a variety of categories such as classic top 40, dance oriented rock, Latin, classic disco, reggae, and classic rock.
  • Teach line dance lessons, perform backstage tours, and announce bands.
  • Create a fun, musical environment appropriate for each event.
  • Serve as disc jockey in various lounges or nightclubs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Disc Jockey (DJ)

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

Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 7% dental benefits Dental: 7%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 92%