The median annual wage of radio and television announcers was $26,850 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,590, and the top 10 percent earned more than $72,500.
The median annual wage of public address and other system announcers was $27,910 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,940, and the top 10 percent earned more than $70,120.
In general, announcers who work in larger markets earn more than those working in smaller markets.
Although most announcers work full time, many work part time.
Many radio and television stations are on-air 24 hours a day. Some announcers present early-morning shows, when most people are getting ready for work or commuting. Others do late-night programs.
The shifts, however, are not as varied as in the past. Technology has allowed stations to eliminate most of the overnight hours, because shows that air during the night can now be recorded earlier in the day.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition