On-Air Talent Salary

The average pay for an On-Air Talent is $35,870 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$21,250 - $89,647
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$90K
MEDIAN: $35,869
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$7.49 - $19.10
(Median)
$7
$9
$19
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$21,250 - $89,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$18,484 - $76,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.49 - $19.10  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $20.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
   
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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$18,484 - $76,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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Job Description for On-Air Talent

On-air talent are people/personalities that have been hired to be broadcasted live on a radio show. These people have to have the ability to draw in listeners and keep them interested enough to not want to switch to other stations. A large part of their job is staying up to date on everything from fashion to politics. They have to create catchy ways to read ads from sponsors that the audience will remember. Radio stations are more than just music, in fact at many stations music is played a small percentage of the time. This is when the emcee needs to be entertaining. On-air talent also have to have great communication skills: A station will often have special guest and the emcee must be able to hold an intelligent conversation about whatever topic is being discussed. They are the live show and they are ultimately responsible for ratings. On-air personalities are given a lot of freedom; they can share opinions and disagree when they feel necessary, but they must follow the format that their station has set forth for them. They essentially have to think outside the box while staying inside of it, so great emcees are clever ones. They also have to stay on the good side of their audience so they have to remember to take calls and play requests. Companies also often hire radio stations for promotional purposes to advertise products and services; they will also want an emcee to do a live broadcast at a given event.


On-Air Talent Tasks

  • Keep conversations on point and within brand standards.
  • Interact with a variety of audiences, participants, and staff to produce clear storylines.
  • Research, document, produce, and follow up about proposed and completed stories.
  • Host broadcast events, drawing out participants and selecting appropriate questions.
  • Respond to email and telephone inquiries and attend events.

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Pay by Experience Level for On-Air Talent

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

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Experience Affects On-Air Talent Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 36%