Television & Radio Announcer Salaries

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    Average Salary

    • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary of television and radio announcers in 2009 was $41,590 a year, or $19.99 an hour. The annual wages ranged from $16,070 to $76,340, or $7.73 to $36.70 per hour. The median 50th percentile salary was $27,520 a year, or $13.23 an hour.

    Salary by Employer

    • The radio and television broadcasting industry in 2009 employed the largest numbers of announcers -- 32,140 out of 35,130 -- and paid an annual mean wage of $40,050, according to the bureau. Cable and satellite programming companies were the second-biggest employers with only 770 working announcers, but paid an average salary of $55,270 a year. Spectator sports were also on the top-five largest employers list with the highest annual salary of $77,980. Announcers working for colleges and universities and state governments earned anywhere from $38,520 to $46,340 per year.

    Salary by State

    • New Jersey and Washington paid the highest average salaries to TV and radio announcers in 2009, $60,500 and $58,500 a year, according to the bureau. Arizona, Massachusetts and California were the other three top-five employers in terms of pay and had annual salaries ranging from $54,380 to $54,860. South and North Dakota had the highest concentrations of announcers per 1,000 workers, but paid annual mean wages of only $27,890 and $30,620, respectively.

    Salary by Metropolitan Area

    • The bureau reports that Washington, D.C., paid the top average salary to television and radio announcers in 2009 -- $87,290 a year. Seattle, Washington, and Jacksonville, Florida, paid a bit less, $76,250 and $75,290 a year, respectively. Other top-five-paying cities were Dallas, Texas, and West Palm Beach, Florida, with annual mean wages ranging from $68,550 to $73,520. Bangor, Maine, had the highest concentration of these professionals per 1,000 workers and paid an average salary of $26,960 a year.

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