The Average Salary of a Radio DJ in New York

by Emily Beach
Modern DJs are chosen as much for their personalities as for their musical knowledge.

Radio DJs do much more than spin records and take listener requests. Today's DJs mix music and other entertainment with news, weather and traffic. Many act as hosts for radio talk shows, where they interview guests and talk about the latest happenings in their lives, or what's going on within the listening area. Radio DJs in New York not only get to share their love of music with their fans, but also enjoy some of the highest salaries in the country for this profession.

DJ Wages in NYC

Radio and Television announcers in the New York City metro area earn an average wage of $36.15 per hour, or $75,180 per year, as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This represents the fourth best-paying city in the country for radio DJs, after Oakland, San Francisco and West Palm Beach.

DJ Salaries in New York State

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that radio and television announcers in New York state earn an average salary of $28.64 per hour, or $59,560 annually, as of May 2010. DJs within New York earn the third highest average wages in the U.S. after those in Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts.

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News Anchor Salaries in New York

Many modern DJs fill multiple roles within the station and spend as much time sharing news and other information as they do playing music. A 2007 salary survey by the Radio Television News Directors Association reveals that radio reporters in major metropolitan markets like New York City earn a median salary of $49,300 per year. Radio news anchors in New York City earn $50,300 per year on average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, radio broadcast news analysts in New York State earn an average wage of $81,350 annually, as of May 2010.

National Radio DJ Salaries

Broadcasters throughout the U.S. earned an average of $19.19 per hour, or $38,610 annually, as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median wage for all broadcasters was $12.91 hourly, or $26,850 per year. Broadcasters who work in radio or TV earned an average of $18.56 per hour, or $38,610 annually. Radio and TV broadcast news analysts earned $36.40 per hour, or $75,720 per year, as of May 2010.

About the Author

Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

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