The average hourly pay for a Disc Jockey (DJ) is $40.39.
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Job Description for Disc Jockey (DJ)
Traditionally, a disc jockey (DJ) has been an on-air broadcaster who selected music to air on a radio station and chatted between songs. However, this job has changed substantially over the last 30 years. Radio stations now often use centralized network programming transmitted by satellite or the Internet, so most DJs work at music clubs, special events, and parties, especially for weddings and similar private occasions. A good DJ needs to have professional equipment unless he or she exclusivel…Read more
Disc Jockey (DJ) Tasks
- Create a fun, musical environment appropriate for each event.
- Serve as disc jockey in various lounges or nightclubs.
- Maintain up-to-date musical inventory for a variety of categories such as classic top 40, dance oriented rock, Latin, classic disco, reggae, and classic rock.
- Teach line dance lessons, perform backstage tours, and announce bands.
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Skills in Entertainment Coordination and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Public Speaking and Audio Visual Equipment Use.
Pay by Experience Level for Disc Jockey (DJ)
An entry-level Disc Jockey (DJ) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $25.28 based on 12 salaries. An early career Disc Jockey (DJ) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $37.13 based on 94 salaries. A mid-career Disc Jockey (DJ) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48.69 based on 50 salaries. An experienced Disc Jockey (DJ) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $40.96 based on 71 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $50.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Disc Jockey (DJ) in their job title in Las Vegas, Nevada earn an average of 143.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (122.8% more) and Chicago, Illinois (91.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (62.9% less), Miami, Florida (49.6% less) and San Antonio, Texas (39.2% less).
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