Radio Producer Salary

Radio Producers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $20K, and the top verges on $65K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radio Producers. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,249 - $69,653
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$70K
MEDIAN: $36,491
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$8.12 - $19.41
(Median)
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$11
$19
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,249 - $69,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$20,209 - $64,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $19.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$6.55 - $44.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Commission
$3,500  
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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$20,209 - $64,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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Job Description for Radio Producer

The main responsibility of a radio producer is to handle the audio content of broadcasts, whether it is via radio, the Internet, and/or mobile platforms. The radio producer is involved from the beginning of the content development process, which includes generating ideas for programs, creating content, writing scripts, and finding interviewees. They are also charged with picking music, as well as converting text, graphics, and video files into other formats as needed. During the show itself, the producer performs a managerial role and helps handle audience responses. The day-to-day functions of a radio producer also include interviewing prospective employees, managing radio equipment, editing content, producing user-generated content, and making sure content is in compliance with copyright laws.

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Radio Producer Tasks

  • Operate radio console for talk show programs and manage soundboards during live shows.
  • Effectively interact with on-air talent and guests when needed.
  • Oversee broadcasts and ensure that programs meet ratings objectives with Portable People Meter (PPM) measured audiences.
  • Schedule guests and assist in crafting appropriate direction for day-to-day programming.

Common Career Paths for Radio Producer


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As Radio Producers transition into upper-level roles such as Radio Broadcasting Program Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Radio Broadcasting Program Directors earn $43K on average per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer


Radio Producers fill the offices of leading firms Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Cumulus Media, Inc., CBS Radio, Inc., Entercom Communications Corporation, and Entercom Radio Group. CBS Radio, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $35K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $25K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $76K.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Radio Producers who took the survey. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those listing Broadcast Programming as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. writing and Editing also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Radio Producers. The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. Radio Producers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,749

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Radio Producers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 60 percent above the national average. Radio Producers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+53 percent), New York (+39 percent), Atlanta (+34 percent), and Washington (+23 percent).

Radio Producer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Radio Producer in Philadelphia:
"You can't learn radio from a classroom, it is all hands-on."
Get involved in a radio station any way you can. Have patience, work hard, and show that you can be an asset to the station.

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Experience Affects Radio Producer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Radio Producer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%

National Average
$33,000

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writing
up arrow 14%

Broadcast Programming
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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