Radio Show Host Salary

Pay for Radio Show Hosts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $41K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Men working as Radio Show Hosts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. For the most part, Radio Show Hosts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,934 - $82,987
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$83K
MEDIAN: $40,794
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$7.95 - $25.40
(Median)
$8
$12
$25
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,934 - $82,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
Commission
$1,021 - $19,574  
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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$22,311 - $83,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $25.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.25  
Overtime
$9.79 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,727  
   
Commission
$1,021 - $19,574  
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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$22,311 - $83,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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


Dominating the field, Cumulus Media, Inc., Clear Channel Communications, Inc., CBS Radio, Inc., Townsquare Media, and Alpha Media Group, Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Radio Show Hosts. Although CBS Radio, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $50K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $28K to $171K.

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 $41K. Radio Show Hosts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $58K.

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Experience Affects Radio Show Host Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Radio Show Host Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$40,000

Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

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: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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