Radio Producers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. Male Radio Producers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. Most Radio Producers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,903 - $70,551
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$25K
$37K
$71K
MEDIAN: $36,964
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$8.89 - $18.03
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,903 - $70,551  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,863  
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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$20,542 - $59,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $18.03  
   
Overtime
$12.33 - $46.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,863  
   
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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$20,542 - $59,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Radio Broadcasting Program Director. The latter position pays an average of $43K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer


CBS Radio, Inc., Entercom Radio Group, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Entercom Communications Corporation, and Cumulus Media, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Radio Producers. For Radio Producers, comfortable salaries can be found at Entercom Communications Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $49K, the highest in the area.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $35K 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 $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,556

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 76 percent. Radio Producers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+56 percent), Washington (+43 percent), Boston (+36 percent), and New York (+32 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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
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National Average
$34,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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