Radio Show Host Salary

About one-half of Radio Show Hosts in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $23K to $91K per year, and the average comes out to $45K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Male Radio Show Hosts are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,966 - $93,014
$25K
$45K
$93K
MEDIAN: $45,278
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50%
90%

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$8.23 - $26.63
$8
$12
$27
MEDIAN: $12.39
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$24,966 - $93,014  
   
Bonus
$386.41 - $20,067  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Commission
$9,500  
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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$23,107 - $90,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $26.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.39  
Overtime
$24.57  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$386.41 - $20,067  
   
Commission
$9,500  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$23,107 - $90,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Radio Show Host


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For Radio Show Hosts, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Radio Show Hosts earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Radio Broadcasting Program Director.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Dominating the field, CBS Radio, Inc., Cumulus Media, Inc., Alpha Media Group, Inc, Townsquare Media, and Clear Channel Communications, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Radio Show Hosts. Clear Channel Communications, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $70K on average.

Popular Skills for Radio Show Host


Job skills reported by Radio Show Hosts are limited. Most notably, skills in Broadcast Programming, Public Speaking, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Social Media Optimization are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Optimization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people skilled in Oral / Verbal Communication are similarly competent in Broadcast Programming.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

Pay by Experience for a Radio Show Host has a positive trend. An entry-level Radio Show Host with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 162 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radio Show Host with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Radio Show Host which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 147 salaries. A Radio Show Host with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 82 salaries.

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Key Stats for Radio Show Host

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

▲54%

▲21%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼27%

Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

Broadcast Programming
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Public Speaking
▼1%


Social Media Optimization
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 28%
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