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Radio Show Host Salary

With half of Radio Show Hosts in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Radio Show Hosts is $40K annually and can range from $22K on the lower end to $83K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men account for the majority of Radio Show Hosts who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact.

$24,384 - $81,362
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$81K
MEDIAN: $40,397
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50%
90%

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$8.29 - $30.26
(Median)
$8
$13
$30
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
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
$24,384 - $81,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
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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$21,922 - $82,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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
$8.29 - $30.26  
   
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 - $12,365  
   
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).
)
$21,922 - $82,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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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Radio Show Hosts who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Public Speaking. Employees educated in Oral / Verbal Communication are typically practiced in Public Speaking, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

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


Radio Show Hosts who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $53K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

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 1%

National Average
$40,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 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
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 27%
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