It’s only fair that the biggest names earn the biggest salaries. These news celebs work hard to keep us updated and those who reach the upper echelons of their field are well paid. Here are some annual salaries of TV personalities that will leave you stunned.
1. Matt Lauer - $28 Million
Matt Lauer is, without doubt, considered as one of the most famous television personalities around today, which explains the considerable amount of cash flowing into his pocket. On November 29, 2017, Lauer was fired from The Today Show by NBC due to inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.
2. Megyn Kelly - $23 Million
Megyn Kelly finally departed NBC in January 2019 after her show Megyn Kelly Today was canceled in 2018. Although Kelly has done some notable work in journalism, she started out as a lawyer. Today, Megyn is the mother of three children and recently announced that she would be back on TV later this year.
3. Kelly Ripa - $22 Million
Actor, presenter, and television producer Kelly Ripa is incredibly talented. She started off as a soap opera actress and hit the big time in All My Children in its early years. Later in 2001, she joined and co-hosted the show Live! With Regis with Regis Philbin. When Philbin left in 2011 she became the host and they renamed the show Live! With Kelly.
4. Diane Sawyer - $22 Million
Starting out as a weather forecaster in Louisville, Diane later moved to Washington, D. C. and worked as an assistant to the White House deputy press secretary before becoming staff assistant to U.S. President Richard Nixon. In 1978, Diane was hired by CBS and has gone on to higher-profile jobs ever since.
5. Robin Roberts - $18 Million
Robin Roberts started her career as a sports anchor for local TV in Mississippi, working for multiple channels before joining the ESPN in 1990, where she worked for 15 years. Since 2005, Robin has worked on Good Morning America as a co-anchor. The three-time Emmy award winning journalist is looking forward to a bright future.
6. Michael Strahan - $17 Million
Michael Strahan is another former NFL player who was hired as a sports analyst after his retirement. He worked as a co-host on the show “Live! With Kelly and Michael” for four years, which earnt him two Daytime Emmy Awards. He is also a full-time anchor on Good Morning America and a regular analyst on Fox NFL Sunday.
7. Jimmy Fallon - $16 Million
Jimmy Fallon really is a Jack of all trades, with spells as a comedian, actor, musician, singer, television producer, screenwriter, presenter, impersonator, voice actor, and writer, he has had an incredibly varied career. His regular show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is popular with fans all over the world.
8. Wendy Williams - $15 Million
Best known for the popular television program The Wendy Williams Show that debuted in 2008, Wendy has been nominated for several Emmy awards for her excellent work. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Now Williams has developed her business in fashion, jewelry, and wigs.
9. Jimmy Kimmel - $15 Million
Jimmy Kimmel primarily earned his fame and fortune thanks to his TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. But before he got his big break, Jimmy was a radio host and the sidekick on Win Ben Stein Money.
10. Anderson Cooper - $12 Million
As a member of the renowned Vanderbilt family, Anderson Cooper could have been supposed to lead a totally different life. After his graduation and the suicide of his brother, Anderson found journalism to be his true passion. After years of hard work, Anderson Cooper now hosts his self-titled CNN news show - Anderson Cooper 360° and works as a correspondent for 60 Minutes.
11. Savannah Guthrie - $8 Million
From 2008 to 2011, Savannah Guthrie worked as White House Correspondent and co-host at MSNBC. Later in 2012, she started work with Today and got her breakthrough. Since 2012, she has been the host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.
12. Hoda Kotb - $8 Million
Kotb built her fame mainly through her co-hosting duties during the fourth hour of Today and thanks to her efforts she was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award. Besides her achievements in journalism, Kotb is also the author of three published books.
13. Tucker Carlson - $6 Million
As a 48-year-old conservative political commentator, reporter, and host of the nightly political talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News, Tucker Carlson has made his name in journalism and also made himself a considerable fortune at the same time.
14. Gayle King - $5.5 Million
Gayle King started her career in the 1980s at WFSB in Harford, Connecticut. Over the decades, she has built herself up as one of the most respected and recognized figures in the industry. Her amazing speaking voice and thundering presence are both key to her personal style.
15. Lara Spencer - $3 Million
Best known as the co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, Lara Spencer has also contributed to a lot of other shows through the years. Now Lara is a co-anchor on Good Morning America and a writer.
16. Erin Andrews - $2 Million
As the daughter of an investigative journalist who won 6 Emmys for his excellent work, Erin Andrews’ stepping into the field of journalism made perfect sense. After graduating from the University of Florida, she started her broadcasting career. Now she broadcasts primarily for Fox Sports.
17. Terry Bradshaw - $2 Million
Terry Bradshaw was a former NFL quarterback player who ruled the sports world in the 1970s later become a TV sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. He was the first and only NFL player to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is extremely popular with the masses.
18. Julie Chen - $1 Million
Starting out as an intern on CBS Morning News, Julie Chen has since anchored The Early Show, Big Brother, The Talk, and some other successful talk shows. Julie Chen is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and was born in Queens, New York City.
19. Tomi Lahren - $200,000
Tomi Lahren hosts her self-titled show Tomi on The Blaze, and she has grown so popular that BBC News referred to her as the “young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook”. Her sometimes controversial statements on the media often cause great sensation. In May 2017, Lahren was hired to work for Great America PAC.
20. Kat Timpf - $51,000
Considering the fact that Kat, besides her main career as a reporter, is also a comedian and an editor, her annual salary could be assumed to be more than what has been revealed. Kat Timpf has appeared on many Fox News networks shows, and become one of the staples at the station.