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Radio Producer Salary

Radio Producers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Radio Producers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Radio Producers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,253 - $65,990
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,522
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90%

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$7.77 - $19.18
(Median)
$7
$10
$19
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,253 - $65,990  
   
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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$19,198 - $62,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.77 - $19.18  
   
Overtime
$6.39 - $29.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$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).
)
$19,198 - $62,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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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For Radio Producers, progressing to a Radio Broadcasting Program Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Radio Broadcasting Program Director can earn $43K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer


Although CBS Radio, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $33K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $25K on the low end all the way up to $119K at the top.


Survey results show that Radio Producers typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $34K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $47K.

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 43%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Radio Producer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%

National Average
$33,000

Editing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%
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