2012 RTDNA/Hofstra Newsroom Study: Radio News Salaries Rose Less Than Inflation Rate
August 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM (PT)
Part six of the 2012 RTDNA/HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY TV and Radio News Staffing and Profitability Survey showed that TV and radio news salaries didn't rise very much although staffing on the TV side did. A report from HOFSTRA professor and department chair BOB PAPPER says that radio news salaries rose just 1.2% year-to-year, while TV news salaries rose 2%; compared to the 2.9% inflation rate, broadcast news salaries actually lost ground this year.
News salaries in radio ranged from an average $39,000 for News Directors to $33,500 for news reporters, who make less than producers, anchors, sports reporters and anchors, and web producers, although the maximum salaries for each position showed reporters (at $110,000) trailing only anchors ($180,000). As always, larger markets paid higher salaries, and group-owned stations tended to pay more. Unlike TV, a relative few staffers in radio newsrooms were under contracts or noncompetes.