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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-2091 Disc Jockeys, Except Radio

Play prerecorded music for live audiences at venues or events such as clubs, parties, or wedding receptions. May use techniques such as mixing, cutting, or sampling to manipulate recordings. May also perform as emcee (master of ceremonies). Radio disc jockeys are included in “Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys” (27-3011). Excludes “Musicians and Singers” (27-2042), “Audio and Video Technicians” (27-4011), and “Sound Engineering Technicians” (27-4014).


National estimates for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio
Industry profile for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio
Geographic profile for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio

National estimates for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,770 12.3 % $ 21.82 (4) 6.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.68 $ 13.63 $ 15.70 $ 23.54 $ 37.98
  (4)

Industry profile for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,280 0.42 $ 19.02 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,210 2.67 $ 23.69 (4)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 560 0.05 $ 15.94 (4)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 500 0.01 (8) (8)
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.15 $ 35.69 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,210 2.67 $ 23.69 (4)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,280 0.42 $ 19.02 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.15 $ 35.69 (4)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 560 0.05 $ 15.94 (4)
Spectator Sports 50 0.04 $ 42.59 (4)

Top paying industries for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting (8) (8) $ 16.04 (4)
Spectator Sports 50 0.04 $ 42.59 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.15 $ 35.69 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,210 2.67 $ 23.69 (4)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 560 0.05 $ 15.94 (4)


Geographic profile for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of disc jockeys, except radio by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 730 0.04 1.30 $ 26.69 (4)
Florida 690 0.08 2.37 $ 24.27 (4)
Texas 380 0.03 0.91 $ 19.71 (4)
North Carolina 300 0.07 1.98 $ 13.96 (4)
Wisconsin 170 0.06 1.78 $ 20.60 (4)


Map of location quotient of disc jockeys, except radio by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 80 0.18 5.29 $ 18.77 (4)
North Dakota 40 0.11 3.34 $ 25.52 (4)
Florida 690 0.08 2.37 $ 24.27 (4)
North Carolina 300 0.07 1.98 $ 13.96 (4)
Wisconsin 170 0.06 1.78 $ 20.60 (4)


Map of annual mean wages of disc jockeys, except radio by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 140 0.05 1.47 $ 13.86 (4)
California 730 0.04 1.30 $ 26.69 (4)
Colorado 110 0.04 1.29 $ 22.55 (4)
Florida 690 0.08 2.37 $ 24.27 (4)
Indiana 160 0.05 1.60 $ 12.92 (4)



Map of employment of disc jockeys, except radio by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 1.28 $ 23.55 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 80 0.08 2.43 $ 13.46 (4)
Raleigh, NC 80 0.12 3.59 $ 15.19 (4)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 70 0.06 1.78 $ 14.56 (4)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.07 2.04 $ 19.23 (4)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.06 1.73 $ 18.79 (4)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 50 0.06 1.88 $ 23.64 (4)
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.27 8.09 $ 18.63 (4)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.08 2.24 $ 18.07 (4)
Columbus, OH 30 0.03 0.90 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of disc jockeys, except radio by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.27 8.09 $ 18.63 (4)
Raleigh, NC 80 0.12 3.59 $ 15.19 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 80 0.08 2.43 $ 13.46 (4)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.08 2.24 $ 18.07 (4)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.07 2.04 $ 19.23 (4)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 50 0.06 1.88 $ 23.64 (4)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 70 0.06 1.78 $ 14.56 (4)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.06 1.73 $ 18.79 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 1.28 $ 23.55 (4)
Columbus, OH 30 0.03 0.90 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of disc jockeys, except radio by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Disc Jockeys, Except Radio:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.08 2.24 $ 18.07 (4)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 70 0.06 1.78 $ 14.56 (4)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 21.07 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 80 0.08 2.43 $ 13.46 (4)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.07 2.04 $ 19.23 (4)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 20.70 (4)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 50 0.06 1.88 $ 23.64 (4)
Raleigh, NC 80 0.12 3.59 $ 15.19 (4)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.06 1.73 $ 18.79 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.04 1.28 $ 23.55 (4)


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022