Radio Show Host Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Radio Show Hosts in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Radio Show Hosts report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Men make up a slight majority of Radio Show Hosts (59 percent) who responded to the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,586 - $80,545

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$8.26 - $30.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,586 - $80,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,920  
Commission
$1,021 - $14,681  
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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$22,196 - $81,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $30.00  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $40.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,920  
   
Commission
$1,021 - $14,681  
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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$22,196 - $81,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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Job Description for Radio Show Host

Radio show hosts provide a personal connection between the radio station and listening audience and may be recognized for on-air work such as entertaining discussion, interviewing guests, providing news and traffic reports, and setting up music and advertisements.

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Radio Show Host Tasks

  • Book and interview content-relevent guests.
  • Select and develop content based on audience preferences, public requests, and program focus.
  • Prepare and deliver content for radio audiences while managing guests and call-ins.

Common Career Paths for Radio Show Host


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Radio Show Hosts who transition into an upper level Radio Broadcasting Program Director position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Radio Broadcasting Program Director makes $43K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Cumulus Media, Inc. offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $41K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $20K to $115K.


Survey takers who work as Radio Show Hosts usually report a few specific skills. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

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


Radio Show Hosts with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $30K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $54K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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