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Working as a Radio Program Director

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a radio program director. For example, did you know that they make an average of $34.69 an hour? That's $72,148 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 5% and produce 7,200 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Radio Program Director Do

There are certain skills that many radio program directors have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed leadership skills, creativity and time-management skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a radio program director, we found that a lot of resumes listed 21.5% of radio program directors included radio station, while 14.7% of resumes included dj, and 12.9% of resumes included radio program. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the radio program director job title. But what industry to start with? Most radio program directors actually find jobs in the education and media industries.

How To Become a Radio Program Director

If you're interested in becoming a radio program director, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 58.2% of radio program directors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 5.1% of radio program directors have master's degrees. Even though most radio program directors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a radio program director. When we researched the most common majors for a radio program director, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on radio program director resumes include master's degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a radio program director. In fact, many radio program director jobs require experience in a role such as radio announcer. Meanwhile, many radio program directors also have previous career experience in roles such as internship or program director.

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Average Salary$72,148
Job Growth Rate5%

Radio Program Director Jobs

Average Salary for a Radio Program Director

Radio Program Directors in America make an average salary of $72,148 per year or $35 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $122,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $42,000 per year.
Average Salary
$72,148

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Radio Program Director
Radio Program Director
Yavapai College
Yavapai College
08/29/2019
08/29/2019
$58,51508/29/2019
$58,515
Radio Program Director
Radio Program Director
Yavapai College
Yavapai College
07/26/2019
07/26/2019
$58,51507/26/2019
$58,515
Radio Program Director
Radio Program Director
Ny Metro Radio Korea Inc.
Ny Metro Radio Korea Inc.
03/19/2018
03/19/2018
$49,04503/19/2018
$49,045
Radio Programs Director
Radio Programs Director
DANU Media, Inc.
DANU Media, Inc.
04/12/2014
04/12/2014
$83,47004/12/2014
$83,470

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Radio Program Director Demographics

Gender

male

69.0 %

female

24.7 %

unknown

6.3 %

Ethnicity

White

71.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

12.2 %

Black or African American

7.6 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0 %

French

16.7 %

Swahili

8.3 %
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Radio Program Director Education

Degrees

Bachelors

58.2 %

Associate

17.7 %

Masters

5.1 %

Top Colleges for Radio Program Directors

1. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

2. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

3. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

4. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

6. SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

In-State Tuition
$8,369
Enrollment
5,229

7. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

8. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

9. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

In-State Tuition
$14,184
Enrollment
30,845

10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946
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Top Skills For a Radio Program Director

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 21.5% of radio program directors listed radio station on their resume, but soft skills such as leadership skills and creativity are important as well.

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Top Radio Program Director Employers

1. Clear Channel Communications Inc
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$50,249
Radio Program Directors Hired: 
6+
2. ESPN
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$52,519
Radio Program Directors Hired: 
2+
3. Triple-S Management
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$38,230
Radio Program Directors Hired: 
1+
4. St. John's University
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$43,008
Radio Program Directors Hired: 
1+
5. Charter Bank
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$46,155
Radio Program Directors Hired: 
1+
6. Holiday Inn Hotels
3.2
Avg. Salary: 
$32,292
Radio Program Directors Hired: 
1+

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Updated October 2, 2020