Radio Producer Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Radio Producers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K annually. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,266 - $65,389
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$65K
MEDIAN: $36,608
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$7.80 - $19.60
(Median)
$7
$10
$20
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,266 - $65,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
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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$19,894 - $61,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.80 - $19.60  
   
Overtime
$6.39 - $29.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
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).
)
$19,894 - $61,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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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


Radio Producers flock to Entercom Communications Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $37K lead the pack in compensation.

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $31K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $44K.


Radio Producers report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Those listing Broadcast Programming as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. writing and Editing also typically command lower compensation. Editing is a skill commonly found among those who know Broadcast Programming.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Producer

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


For many Radio Producers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $30K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Producers make a median salary of $45K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark 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
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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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Skills That Affect Radio Producer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 25%

National Average
$33,000

up arrow 6%

writing
up arrow 16%

Broadcast Programming
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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