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Radio Producer Salary (United States)

A little more than half of Radio Producers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $36K per year on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. In a profession dominated by men, 68 percent of Radio Producers are male. The majority of Radio Producers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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At the upper end, Radio Producers who move into a Radio Broadcasting Program Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Radio Broadcasting Program Directors is $43K per year.

Radio Producer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer

Radio Producers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CBS Radio, Inc., where typical salaries come to $40K. Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $31K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $44K. CBS Radio, Inc. also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

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 average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $36K. Radio Producers bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a fair portion land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Seattle
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Washington
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Chicago
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Miami
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Atlanta
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National Average
$33,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Radio Producers, 51 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Seattle, Washington, and Chicago, top-paying markets where Radio Producers rake in more than the national norm (+41 percent, +38 percent, +24 percent, and +22 percent).

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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
$33,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

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%