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Radio News Pay Improves

Latest survey indicates a brightening salary picture

Intro: obligatory Flying Lizards or Pink Floyd song excerpt.

Good news for those who work in radio news. According to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey salaries for radio content personnel were up. The survey listed the uptick as 9.8%, though that was with some caveats.

The survey concentrated on editorial and news content people and doesn’t include engineering, sales, administrative and standard DJ numbers. Not surprisingly the larger the market the more likely the salary is to be higher. The surveyors also felt that an increased response amongst actual news stations inflated the results.

The study found that over a 10-year period, the overall salary growth in radio news was exactly the same as inflation.

Also salaries were broken down by “Group-Owned” or “Independent.” Perhaps surprisingly, independently-owned stations seemed to hold their ground in comparison to group-owned stations when it came to salary numbers.

The survey condensation was authored by Bob Papper, the Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University. It was conducted in conjunction with the Radio Television Digital News Association during the fourth quarter of 2010, with a random sample of 3,000 radio stations (600 stations responding). Read the details here (PDF).

Outro: obligatory Flying Lizards or Pink Floyd song excerpt.