Radio Producer Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, over one-half of Radio Producers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $32,692 per year. Pay generally spreads from $19,135 to $60,400 per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Around one third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Radio Producers report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Radio Producer Salary (?
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$24,602 - $63,199
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MEDIAN: $35,928
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Radio Producer Salary (?
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$7.81 - $19.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,602 - $63,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,991  
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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$19,135 - $60,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.81 - $19.77  
   
Overtime
$6.46 - $30.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,991  
   
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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$19,135 - $60,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Radio Program Director may earn an extra $10,253 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer

For Radio Producers, comfortable salaries can be found at CBS Radio, Inc.; in fact, typical earnings are around $40,000, the highest in the area. The lowest salaries can be found at Clear Channel Communications, Inc.—median pay is $30,517—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $26K and only reaching $44K.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Salaries increase to $36K from around $30K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $45K. After 20 years in the field, Radio Producers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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For Radio Producers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Radio Producers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+41 percent), Seattle (+38 percent), Washington (+24 percent), and Chicago (+22 percent).

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Experience Affects Radio Producer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%