Radio Producer Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than half of Radio Producers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $32,692 per year. Pay begins at $19,135 on the low end and climbs to $60,400 per year near the top. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about a third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radio Producers. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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 (?
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$19,135 - $60,400  
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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  
PayScale
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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Radio Producers may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Radio Program Director position may earn an additional $10,253 per year.

Radio Producer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer

The most lucrative gig in town can be found at CBS Radio, Inc., where the average salary is $40,000. Radio Producers will find the worst pay at Clear Channel Communications, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $30,517. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $44K, leaving little room for growth.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Radio Producers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries can reach $36K from $30K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $45K. Salaries grow more slowly as Radio Producers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Seattle
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Miami
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National Average
$33,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Radio Producers, 51 percent higher than 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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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%
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