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Radio Show Host Salary (United States)

Those pursuing careers as Radio Show Hosts in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. Male Radio Show Hosts are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Radio Show Host Salary (?
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$24,159 - $77,916
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MEDIAN: $39,901
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Radio Show Host Salary (?
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$8.12 - $25.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,159 - $77,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
Commission
$1,939 - $15,456  
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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$21,441 - $77,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $25.66  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $41.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
   
Commission
$1,939 - $15,456  
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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$21,441 - $77,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Job Description for Radio Show Host

Radio show hosts work for radio stations across the United States. Some shows are local, while others are broadcast nationwide. There are also satellite radio show hosts. While some radio stations are independently owned, most of them are owned by large media corporations.
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Radio Broadcasting Program Director. Median pay for Radio Broadcasting Program Directors is $43K.

Radio Show Host Job Listings

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Job skills reported by Radio Show Hosts are limited. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Public Speaking. Many workers who know Oral / Verbal Communication also know Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Radio Show Hosts see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Radio Show Hosts who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $51K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Pittsburgh
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Dallas
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National Average
$40,000
Atlanta
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New York
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Home to some of the best pay for Radio Show Hosts, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 86 percent above the national average. Radio Show Hosts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). New York is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

National Average
$40,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%