These Are The 10 Best States For Radio Personalities

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We had a lot of feedback from folks in radio who wanted to know how their careers stacked up in the big picture. To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for radio personalities. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s:

  1. Utah
  2. Oregon
  3. New York
  4. Washington
  5. Alaska
  6. Nevada
  7. Minnesota
  8. Missouri
  9. Louisiana
  10. Nebraska

So there you have it — Utah is the best of the best when it comes to being a radio personality. How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for radio and for more on the top ten states.

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How we crunched the numbers

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for radio folks in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well they are paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living from MIT’s living wage index. Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that while the average salary for radio personalities in California is $66,720 and the average salary in Illinois is $41,870, the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for radio people in America.

1. Utah

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $58,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,700
Average Experienced Salary: $131,790
Location Quotient: 0.91

2. Oregon

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 330
Average Annual Salary: $69,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,720
Average Experienced Salary: $158,070
Location Quotient: 0.88

3. New York

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,170
Average Annual Salary: $69,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,700
Average Experienced Salary: $131,600
Location Quotient: 1.1

4. Washington

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 650
Average Annual Salary: $47,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,900
Average Experienced Salary: $86,990
Location Quotient: 0.98

5. Alaska

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 90
Average Annual Salary: $46,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,090
Average Experienced Salary: $62,640
Location Quotient: 1.3

6. Nevada

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $49,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,780
Average Experienced Salary: $85,560
Location Quotient: 0.88

7. Minnesota

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 850
Average Annual Salary: $44,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,870
Average Experienced Salary: $87,190
Location Quotient: 1.39

8. Missouri

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 990
Average Annual Salary: $36,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,400
Average Experienced Salary: $53,080
Location Quotient: 1.65

9. Louisiana

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 460
Average Annual Salary: $36,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,460
Average Experienced Salary: $67,640
Location Quotient: 1.07

10. Nebraska

Best States For Disc Jockeys

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 490
Average Annual Salary: $33,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,880
Average Experienced Salary: $61,940
Location Quotient: 2.32

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as someone in radio these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a radio personality in America:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Arizona
  3. New Hampshire

Detailed List Of The Best States For Disc Jockeys

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Utah $58,560 $21,700 260
2 Oregon $69,270 $21,720 330
3 New York $69,670 $22,700 2,170
4 Washington $47,770 $20,900 650
5 Alaska $46,450 $26,090 90
6 Nevada $49,010 $20,780 240
7 Minnesota $44,860 $18,870 850
8 Missouri $36,080 $17,400 990
9 Louisiana $36,020 $18,460 460
10 Nebraska $33,700 $17,880 490
11 California $66,720 $20,310 3,060
12 South Carolina $40,510 $18,180 340
13 South Dakota $31,190 $20,760 370
14 Ohio $39,450 $18,290 860
15 Texas $49,810 $17,690 2,040
16 Oklahoma $38,320 $17,040 380
17 North Dakota $30,020 $18,350 230
18 Colorado $50,320 $18,630 470
19 Tennessee $34,350 $16,640 1,030
20 North Carolina $42,950 $16,380 910
21 West Virginia $27,210 $17,310 290
22 Georgia $47,570 $17,130 560
23 Montana $30,210 $17,960 200
24 Illinois $41,870 $18,640 1,340
25 New Mexico $33,170 $17,850 270
26 Florida $42,420 $17,900 1,840
27 Vermont $32,080 $19,400 170
28 Hawaii $43,930 $17,890 190
29 Pennsylvania $35,940 $16,520 1,220
30 Wisconsin $36,190 $16,900 790
31 Michigan $35,390 $17,900 780
32 Alabama $32,500 $16,700 330
33 Kentucky $23,840 $16,390 600
34 Kansas $30,800 $16,760 510
35 Indiana $32,410 $16,780 630
36 Arkansas $26,320 $16,510 260
37 New Jersey $42,070 $20,160 300
38 Rhode Island $35,290 $19,320 90
39 Virginia $39,790 $17,310 640
40 Wyoming $27,570 $17,390 70
41 Mississippi $25,160 $16,550 290
42 Maine $30,630 $17,910 140
43 Maryland $76,150 $19,420 290
44 Idaho $26,220 $17,550 120
45 Iowa $28,550 $16,950 370
46 Connecticut $38,050 $19,230 320
47 New Hampshire $31,740 $17,030 90
48 Arizona $25,030 $17,000 490
49 Massachusetts $24,040 $16,905 500