Radio Show Hosts in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $23K to $93K per year, median earnings come to $44K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Male Radio Show Hosts are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The majority of Radio Show Hosts claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$24,964 - $91,293
$25K
$44K
$91K
MEDIAN: $44,428
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$8.25 - $28.83
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MEDIAN: $12.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$24,964 - $91,293  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $25,168  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$23,389 - $92,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.25 - $28.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.32  
Overtime
$22.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$489.36 - $25,168  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$23,389 - $92,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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

  • Prepare and deliver content for radio audiences while managing guests and call-ins.
  • Select and develop content based on audience preferences, public requests, and program focus.
  • Book and interview content-relevent guests.

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


CBS Radio, Inc., Cumulus Media, Inc., Alpha Media Group, Inc, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., and Townsquare Media are among the top companies that take on many Radio Show Hosts. Clear Channel Communications, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $71K.

Popular Skills for Radio Show Host


Survey takers who work as 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. Social Media Optimization, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. For most people, competency in Oral / Verbal Communication indicates knowledge of Broadcast Programming.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. Radio Show Hosts see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $65K.

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Key Stats for Radio Show Host

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries


Broadcast Programming
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National Average
$42,000


Social Media Optimization
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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