Average Entry-Level On-Air Talent Salary

$29,799
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The average salary for an Entry-Level On-Air Talent is $29,799.
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$18k - $40k
Total Pay
$18k - $42k

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Job Description for On-Air Talent

On-Air Talent Tasks
  • Host broadcast events, drawing out participants and selecting appropriate questions.
  • Respond to email and telephone inquiries and attend events.
  • Research, document, produce, and follow up about proposed and completed stories.
  • Keep conversations on point and within brand standards.
  • Interact with a variety of audiences, participants, and staff to produce clear storylines.

Career Paths

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On-Air Talent
Radio Show Host
Radio Producer
Program Director, Radio Broadcasting
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for On-Air Talent

An early career On-Air Talent with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $31,585 based on 62 salaries. A mid-career On-Air Talent with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,373 based on 45 salaries. An experienced On-Air Talent with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,500 based on 49 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $47,368.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 208 survey responses.
Early Career
29.8%
Mid Career
21.6%
Experienced
23.6%
Late Career
25.0%