Disc Jockey (DJ) Salary

A Disc Jockey (DJ) earns an average wage of $40.96 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are MUSIC and Entertainment Coordination.

$15,286 - $100,671
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$30K
$100K
MEDIAN: $29,641
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$10.16 - $148.48
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$41
$150
MEDIAN: $40.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$15,286 - $100,671  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$20,083 - $250,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$140$280$420
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $148.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67 - $20.43  
Overtime
$9.86 - $397.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$280K$560K$840K
Bonus
$300.00  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$20,083 - $250,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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

  • Create a fun, musical environment appropriate for each event.
  • Serve as disc jockey in various lounges or nightclubs.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Disc Jockey (DJ)

Pay by Experience for a Disc Jockey (DJ) has a positive trend. An entry-level Disc Jockey (DJ) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 68 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Disc Jockey (DJ) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 50 salaries. An experienced Disc Jockey (DJ) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 52 salaries. A Disc Jockey (DJ) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 24 salaries.

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Key Stats for Disc Jockey (DJ)

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Disc Jockey (DJ) Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

Mid-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
▼4%

Skills That Affect Disc Jockey (DJ) Salaries

MUSIC
▲149%

Entertainment Coordination
▲95%

National Average
$63,000

Public Speaking
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 82%