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How lucrative a career is as a Radio Jockey? What are the perks of being one?


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If you are a talkative and extrovert person, then being a radio jockey will be the best career of your choice. A radio jockey must have a good knowledge of music. A course in radio jockeying will give an additional advantage to you. After the successful completion of the course, you might get absorbed in any company in the entertainment industry.

The various scopes you can possess after successful completion of a course in radio jockeying are:

  • Being a radio jockey in All India Radio
  • Being a radio jockey in FM channels
  • Being a freelance comparer for some program
  • Working as a voice-over artist in various video commercials
  • Working as a radio jockey in various website radio stations
  • Working as a voice–over artist for the animation industry.
  • Working as a comparer in personal parties.

 

Salary Expectation of a Radio Jockey

The salary level of a radio jockey starts from 7,000-14,000 INR per month. This level of salary is offered when he is a trainee. After he becomes a permanent staff the salary becomes 15,000-45,000 INR. In case the channel is sponsored by any company, the radio jockey receives about 2,500-5,000 INR per show.  An experienced radio jockey who’s 8-9 years old in the industry receives about 75,000-90,000 INR per month.  RJ’s who are working for the Indian Diaspora in foreign channels earn about (2,000- 3,000) INR per hour.

According to a study, the salary level of radio jockey depends on cities.

Tier 1 city: Salary is 45K and above

Tier 2 city: Salary is 20K to 45K

Tier 3 city: salary is 7K to 20K

The job of a radio jockey is not a typical 9 to 5 one. There are various perks and advantages in this profession. Winning over many hearts at the same time and being a popular character is the foremost gift of this profession. A recent study reveals that the radio industry in India will grow from 2,300 crores INR in 2014 to 5,000 crores INR in 2020. The Indian radio industry will grow by ( 18- 20) % CAGR by end 2020.The various profession which demands active experience of a radio jockey is - radio producer, music scheduler, scriptwriter, announcer, comparer, commentator, voice anchoring and much more.

Perks of being a Radio Jockey

Apart from salary, a radio jockey is entitled to various perks. This profession gives him immense popularity and they often get calls from companies apart from FM channels who are ready to hire them.

  • Sponsorship from any corporate: Whenever a company sponsors a show for a day, the jockey is entitled to earn 2,500- 3,000 INR per show.
  • As a Music DJ for a club: A club pays a DJ in the range of (1,500-2000) INR per hour for conducting a show.
  • As a voice-over artist for any video commercial: Being a voice over artist is an interesting career and the jockey earns 4,000-5,000 for a single assignment. But this again depends on the company endorsing the brand.
  • As a show comparer: Radio jockey can earn between 1,500 and 2,000 INR per hour being a comparer.
  • As an anchor: He could be selected to serve as an anchor. The compensation is between (1,000 and 2,000) INR per hour.
  • Apart from all these he could be a part in an ad jingle, host a private party, act in a radio skit or be an announcer. The compensation depends on the company but anyway it’s a decent compensation.

Being a radio jockey is a not a regular 9 am- 5 pm job. It’s a flair to communicate. While many youngsters prefer to do this kind of job, many institutes have introduced courses which offer diploma, degree and masters in the field of radio jockeying. A radio jockey is a creative personality. He/She learns more out of the experience and develops himself/herself to a full- fledged expert. The more he/she becomes experienced, the more his compensation increases. It’s not a high flying career in terms of monetary compensation if you compare to a proper corporate career; but yes, the earnings will increase gradually with time. In case, you become popular, you might get an offer to run your own show which could become famous among people then the monetary compensation will be sky high. Basically, it’s difficult to say what will be the ceiling in case of salary and perks offered to a radio jockey.  One who has the potential to interact with any person, irrespective of caste, creed and color – makes the best radio jockey. Good vocal quality is an added advantage. The success or failure of a show depends on how you handles the challenges or controversies of a show. In one word, there is no limit to the earnings of a radio jockey.

For further queries and related information, you can approach the Professional Experts at CareerGuide. Hope this will help you!

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