The Salaries of Public Radio Personalities
• Ira Glass, host and producer of “This American Life.” 2009-2010: $171,224, base salary of $127,871. 2010-2011: $170,190, base salary of $148,782.
• Alex Blumberg, producer of “This American Life,” cohost of the Planet Money podcast. 2009-2010: $154,801, base salary of $123,220. 2010-2011: $201,734, base salary of $134,400.
• Julie Snyder, senior producer of “This American Life.” 2009-2010: Not listed. 2010-2011: $156,153, base salary of $146,175.
I started my career working in radio and quickly left and moved on to work in other mediums after I discovered how little money there was in the industry. There is money, though, for top talent.
Andy Boyle looked up the salaries of some of the highest-paid people who work in radio (non-profits are required to list their top five highest paid employees on their tax forms), and unsurprisingly, radio personalities like Ira Glass are making decent money. As they should—Ira Glass is very good at his job and I couldn’t imagine anyone else hosting This American Life.
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