Radio Producer Salary

Radio Producers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Compensation ranges between $20K and $65K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radio Producers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by around half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,249 - $69,653
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$70K
MEDIAN: $36,491
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$8.12 - $19.41
(Median)
$8
$11
$19
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,249 - $69,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$20,209 - $64,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $19.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$6.55 - $44.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Commission
$3,500  
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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$20,209 - $64,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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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As Radio Producers transition into upper-level roles such as Radio Broadcasting Program Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Radio Broadcasting Program Directors earn $43K on average per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Producer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Radio Producers, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Cumulus Media, Inc., CBS Radio, Inc., Entercom Communications Corporation, and Entercom Radio Group are leading firms in the industry. Radio Producers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CBS Radio, Inc., where the median salary comes to $35K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($25K) and those starting out ($76K) creates a rather diverse 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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radio Producers make a median salary of $44K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,749

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

Radio Producers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 60 percent. Radio Producers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+53 percent), New York (+39 percent), Atlanta (+34 percent), and Washington (+23 percent).

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
up arrow 35%

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 27%

National Average
$33,000

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writing
up arrow 14%

Broadcast Programming
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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