Salary of a Radio Board Operator


Radio broadcasts are possible thanks to operators who not only receive and transmit communications, but also maintain radio boards and other equipment, repairing and testing when necessary. The salary of a radio board operator varies depending on whether he works for a public or private organization, as well as the cost of living in his location.


  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, the average salary of a radio board operator in the United States was $44,510, as of May 2010. In the 10th percentile, operators earned less than $21,290 a year, while those in the 90th percentile exceeded $69,250 a year. The annual median wage was $44,630.


  • As of 2010, the majority of radio board operators worked for the government. Those employed by state governments earned an average salary of $44,630 a year, while those working for local governments earned an average of $50,690. Those in private industries earned an average salary of $26,010 a year.


  • The BLS names New York as the top-paying state for radio board operators, where the average income was $56,870 a year. California closely followed with an average of $56,070, and Michigan ranked third with an average of $53,460. The highest-paying metropolitan area in the country was the District of Columbia, which offered an average salary of $48,240.

Outlook and Advancement

  • The BLS predicts an employment rate growth of eight percent between 2008 and 2018 for radio operators, a rate which is "about as fast as the average" for all jobs in the country. A radio board operator is considered an entry-level position, and workers typically receive on-the-job training. With experience, they may advance to become broadcast technicians, although in some cases this position requires an associate's degree in broadcast technology or a related field.

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