Radio Producer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Radio Producers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $38K annually. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Radio Producers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Radio Producers (67 percent) survey respondents are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,472 - $71,683
$25K
$38K
$72K
MEDIAN: $37,705
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90%

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$8.85 - $18.15
$8
$11
$18
MEDIAN: $11.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,472 - $71,683  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $9,787  
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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$20,837 - $61,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.85 - $18.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.78  
Overtime
$12.33 - $46.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$204.26 - $9,787  
   
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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$20,837 - $61,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Radio Broadcasting Program Director. The average Radio Broadcasting Program Director brings home $43K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer


CBS Radio, Inc., Entercom Communications Corporation, Entercom Radio Group, Cumulus Media, Inc., and iHeartMedia, Inc are top-notch employers for Radio Producers in this area. Sirius Xm Radio Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $56K. Also paying near the top of the field are Entercom Communications Corporation at $49K, Clear Channel Communications, Inc. at $40K, and iHeartMedia, Inc, where Radio Producers annually earn $34K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cumulus Media, Inc. at $25K, and CBS Radio, Inc. where $32K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Radio Producers there earn up to $48K.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

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


For many Radio Producers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $36K on average. On average, Radio Producers make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,527

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

Radio Producers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 71 percent. Radio Producers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+42 percent), Washington (+39 percent), Atlanta (+27 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Chicago and 2 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Radio Producer

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Radio Producer Salaries

Late-Career
▲46%

Experienced
▲34%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$35,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Radio Producer Salaries

Project Management
▲21%

Video Editing
▲5%

National Average
$35,000


▼6%

Social Media Marketing
▼14%

writing
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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