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All About Public Address System Announcers

Job Description: Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

What Do Public Address System Announcers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Announce programs and player substitutions or other changes to patrons.
  • Preview any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
  • Read prepared scripts describing acts or tricks presented during performances.
  • Review and announce crowd control procedures before the beginning of each event.
  • Meet with event directors to review schedules and exchange information about details, such as national anthem performers and starting lineups.
  • Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.

What a Public Address System Announcer Should Know

These are the skills Public Address System Announcers say are the most useful in their careers:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Types of Public Address System Announcer Jobs

  • Commercial Announcer
  • Narrator
  • Train Caller
  • Event Host
  • Track Announcer

Job Opportunities for Public Address System Announcers

In the United States, there were 11,400 jobs for Public Address System Announcer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.6% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 300 new jobs for Public Address System Announcer by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,100 positions for Public Address System Announcer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Public Address System Announcer are North Dakota, Colorado, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in South Carolina, Louisiana, or Iowa. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Public Address System Announcer Average Salary

Public Address System Announcers make between $18,250 and $63,760 a year.


Public Address System Announcers who work in New Jersey, Hawaii, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Public Address System Announcers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $33,690
California $42,130
Colorado $33,120
Florida $36,370
Georgia $30,590
Hawaii $49,450
Idaho $36,930
Illinois $29,430
Louisiana $28,800
Maryland $28,370
Massachusetts $46,510
Minnesota $34,410
Nebraska $29,240
Nevada $31,560
New Jersey $57,450
New York $56,080
North Carolina $33,620
North Dakota $41,220
Ohio $43,360
Oklahoma $27,530
Oregon $32,360
Pennsylvania $39,370
South Carolina $30,250
South Dakota $28,180
Tennessee $26,600
Washington $45,130
West Virginia $37,780
Wisconsin $46,260

Tools & Technologies Used by Public Address System Announcers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Public Address System Announcers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Website creation software

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