Radio Show Host Salary

Pay for Radio Show Hosts in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. The majority of Radio Show Hosts (60 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Radio Show Hosts report high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,569 - $81,561
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$82K
MEDIAN: $40,159
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$8.23 - $30.41
(Median)
$8
$13
$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
$24,569 - $81,561  
   
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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$22,077 - $82,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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 - $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).
)
$22,077 - $82,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Radio Show Host


Cumulus Media, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $41K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $20K and $115K.


Radio Show Hosts who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Speaking are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Radio Show Host

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Radio Show Hosts. 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 $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

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
30%
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: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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