Radio Show Host Salary

Radio Show Hosts in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K annually. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Male Radio Show Hosts who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$24,526 - $81,299
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$81K
MEDIAN: $40,214
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$8.23 - $30.41
(Median)
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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
$24,526 - $81,299  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$22,009 - $82,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $30.41  
   
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 - $19,392  
   
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).
)
$22,009 - $82,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Cumulus Media, Inc. offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $41K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $20K to $115K.


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. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Radio Show Hosts. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Radio Show Hosts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Radio Show Hosts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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 63 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 26%
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