Radio Show Host Salary

Pay for Radio Show Hosts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 60 percent of Radio Show Hosts are male. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Radio Show Hosts is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,320 - $80,426
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$80K
MEDIAN: $40,200
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90%

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$8.26 - $30.38
(Median)
$8
$13
$30
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,320 - $80,426  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,406  
Commission
$1,939 - $12,365  
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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$21,752 - $81,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $30.38  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $40.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,406  
   
Commission
$1,939 - $12,365  
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).
)
$21,752 - $81,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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.

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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 seem to negatively impact pay include Public Speaking. Public Speaking is a skill commonly found among those who know Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. Radio Show Hosts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 28%