Median pay for Radio Show Hosts in the United States is around $45K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men make up a slight majority of Radio Show Hosts (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Radio Show Hosts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,204 - $95,664
(Median)
$25K
$45K
$96K
MEDIAN: $45,091
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$8.41 - $30.41
(Median)
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$12
$30
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$25,204 - $95,664  
   
Bonus
$750 - $22,500  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$23,411 - $97,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$8.41 - $30.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.32  
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$750 - $22,500  
   
Commission
$3,000  
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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$23,411 - $97,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Cumulus Media, Inc., CBS Radio, Inc., Clear Channel Communications, Inc., Alpha Media Group, Inc, and Townsquare Media are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Radio Show Hosts. Clear Channel Communications, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $73K.

Popular Skills for Radio Show Host


Typical Radio Show Hosts report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Broadcast Programming, Public Speaking, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Social Media Optimization are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Optimization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Oral / Verbal Communication also know Broadcast Programming.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. Radio Show Hosts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $67K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Broadcast Programming
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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