Radio personalities or announcers earned a median salary of $27,750 in the United States in 2012, which comes out to $13.34 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Radio personalities regularly present music, report the news, provide commentary and interview guests on the air in addition to doing live remotes outside of the studio.
There were 52,000 radio announcers employed in 2012. The job outlook for the industry is to add 800 jobs by 2022, an increase of 2 percent. Radio announcers also serve as DJs for weddings, masters of ceremonies at public events and work in dance clubs. Some announcers are self-employed, while others work part-time.
Most radio announcers have a college degree in journalism, broadcasting or communications. Before working professionally, many radio personalities were interns for media outlets.
Popular radio personalities in the United States make several million dollars per year, according to The Richest. Kidd Kraddick makes an annual salary of $10 million and is worth $30 million overall. Howard Stern earns $80 million per year with a net worth of $500 million. Dan Patrick is worth $25 million as a sports commentator. Rush Limbaugh is worth $66 million as of June 2013, according to Forbes.