Radio Producer Salary

Radio Producers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. The majority of Radio Producers (69 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Radio Producers report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and about one-half have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,285 - $67,044
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$67K
MEDIAN: $37,032
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$7.79 - $19.67
(Median)
$7
$10
$20
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,285 - $67,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$19,894 - $63,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.79 - $19.67  
   
Overtime
$6.32 - $29.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
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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$19,894 - $63,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.

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Radio Producers who go on to become Radio Broadcasting Program Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Radio Broadcasting Program Directors is $43K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer


Entercom Communications Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $45K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Clear Channel Communications, Inc. — median pay is $31K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $25K and only reaching $44K.


Radio Producers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Broadcast Programming and Editing as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Broadcast Programming and Editing are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

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


Radio Producers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $30K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Producers make a median salary of $45K. Radio Producers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $49K.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Radio Producer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 24%

National Average
$34,000

up arrow 6%

Broadcast Programming
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%
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