Radio Show Host Salary

Earnings for Radio Show Hosts in the United States come in at around $41K annually on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radio Show Hosts. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Radio Show Hosts making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,934 - $82,987
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$83K
MEDIAN: $40,794
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$7.95 - $25.40
(Median)
$8
$12
$25
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,934 - $82,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
Commission
$1,021 - $19,574  
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).
)
$22,311 - $83,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $25.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.25  
Overtime
$9.79 - $30.64  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
   
Commission
$1,021 - $19,574  
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).
)
$22,311 - $83,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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.

Radio Show Host Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Radio Show Hosts include Cumulus Media, Inc., Clear Channel Communications, Inc., CBS Radio, Inc., Townsquare Media, and Alpha Media Group, Inc. CBS Radio, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $50K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $28K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $171K.


Radio Show Hosts typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Those with knowledge of Oral / Verbal Communication tend to be skilled in Public Speaking as well.

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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $58K on average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$40,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

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: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
ADVERTISEMENT