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Radio Show Host Salary

Radio Show Hosts in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $40K per year on average but can range from $22K to $83K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Radio Show Hosts is high. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance.

$24,399 - $81,385
(Median)
$24K
$40K
$81K
MEDIAN: $40,397
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$8.29 - $30.26
(Median)
$8
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$30
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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
$24,399 - $81,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,438  
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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$21,957 - $82,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $12,438  
   
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).
)
$21,957 - $82,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Many Radio Show Hosts move into a Radio Broadcasting Program Director role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Radio Broadcasting Program Directors on average bring in a similar salary to Radio Show Hosts.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Cumulus Media, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $41K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $20K while workers on the upper end may rake in $115K.


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. Aptitude in Oral / Verbal Communication tends to also indicate an understanding of Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

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


Radio Show Hosts with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

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 2%

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: 37% employee benefits None: 27%
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