RTDNA Survey Numbers Don't Look Great

Radio salaries didn't rise in 2014
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WASHINGTON�Even without factoring in inflation, radio salaries dropped 4.1 percent from last year, after rising slightly the year prior, according tothe RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey salary report. This may be more of a reflection of which stations fill out the salary data than an actual drop in salaries.

Salaries for news directors, news producers and news anchors went down. News reporters and Web producer/editors went up. Enough sports anchors and reporters showed up in the survey this year to report the results; that wasn't the case a year ago. There does not appear to be a pattern to the salaries in 2014; the only fairly consistent pattern in that the larger the newsroom, generally, the larger the salary. Yet that was not the case for the number of stations in a market, station configuration or geography.

Last year, more than two-thirds of all new, starting positions in radio news were reporters. This year, it was just under 60 percent.� Last year, average starting pay rose a $3,100 and the median rose $4,000. This year, average starting pay dropped $1,000 from last year, and the median dropped $3,000. Nonetheless that's $2,100, on average, more than two years ago, with the median up $1,000 from two years ago.

These excerpted results are reflective of response from among a random sample of 3,704 radio stations�conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014. Valid responses came from 316 radio news directors and general managers representing 868 radio stations. Some data sets are based on a complete census and are not projected from a smaller sample.