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Ever wonder how much news anchors get paid? Of course, there is a big difference between local news anchors and people like Anderson Cooper and Barbara Walters, but the most popular news anchors get paid quite a lot of money. It makes sense because they are basically spending their entire workday in front of a camera broadcasting to millions of people.
However, some news anchors become even more than just news anchors. Some turn into celebrities and award winners for their journalism. On our list are some of the most trusted (and not-so-trusted) popular names in news journalism.
Could you guess what these popular news anchors make each year?
As the host of his very own show, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, Cooper makes $12 million dollars each year and has a very large net worth of over $200 million. Previously, he worked on ABC’s World News Now, CNN’s American Morning and CBS News’s 60 Minutes.
Fox news anchor Harris Faulkner makes $2 million annually and has accumulated a net worth of $6 million. She is known for her work on the Fox Report, Outnumbered and Outnumbered Overtime. She has won six Emmys during her reporting career.
David Muir is the current news anchor for ABC World News Tonight and a co-anchor for 20/20. He makes $5 million annually and boasts a net worth of $20 million. He works on World News with David Muir on ABC, formerly known as World News Now.
Chris Wallace is one of the only reporters who can say they"ve worked at all four major news networks: CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. He currently works for Fox News on the program Fox News Sunday for which he is paid an annual salary of $7 million. Wallace has a net worth of more than $25 million.
Although Brian Williams makes less than Lester Holt, bringing in about $6 million annually, his net worth is much higher at $50 million. Williams is the chief anchor of MSNBC and the host of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
George Stephanopoulos makes a staggering $15 million each year and has a combined net worth of $40 million. Stephanopoulos is the chief anchor at ABC News. He’s also known for his work on Good Morning America and This Week, as well as his political service under Bill Clinton.
Mitchell is the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work in journalism. She has worked various jobs at NBC and currently anchors Andrea Mitchell Reporting, which airs on MSNBC. She makes $750,000 annually and has a net worth of $5 million.
While Dana Perino has been very private about her salary, we do know that her net worth is around $6 million. She now works as an anchor on Fox News, but before Perino worked under George W. Bush as the White House Press Secretary. She also served as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
Mostly known for her work on ABC’s Good Morning America, Robin Roberts’s net worth is over $45 million. She makes a salary of $18 million as an anchor for the daily morning show.
Known for her work on CBS and with Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King makes $11 million annually and has a net worth of $40 million. She has been an editor of O, The Oprah Magazine since 1999 and has had numerous appearances on OWN. She even has her own show, The Gayle King Show.
Craig Melvin has an annual salary of $3 million with a combined total net worth of $6 million. He has anchored and co-anchored many shows on MSNBC and NBC, but currently, he is working as a permanent co-host on Today Third Hour.
Ainsley Earhardt has an annual salary of $2 million and a combined total net worth of $6 million. Earhardt has been an anchor on many Fox programs over the years. She began working at Fox News in 2007 and is now a co-host on Fox & Friends.
Lester Holt, known for NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC, makes $10 million annually. He has a net worth of more than $35 million and is a household name across the nation.
John Dickerson has worked for Time magazine, Slate magazine and now works at CBS. He was also a White House Correspondent. Now, he serves as an anchor for CBS This Morning and makes an annual salary of $1 million with a net worth of $4 million.
Notorious liberal news anchor Rachel Maddow makes $7 million annually for hosting her show The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC and has a net worth of $25 million. She began working on her very own show in 2008, after being a successful analyst for MSNBC on shows like Race for the White House.
Popular CNN journalist Chris Cuomo makes an annual salary of $6 million and has a net worth of $12 million. He mostly works as the presenter for Cuomo Prime Time, although in the past, he has also worked on ABC News for other programs as well.
Walters retired in 2015, but over her time working as a journalist, she accumulated a total net worth of $170 million. She is one of the most well-known news anchors of all time and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her best-known work was on ABC"s 20/20.
At 80 years old, Tom Brokaw is still an active journalist for NBC. While he is no longer the host of NBC Nightly News where he made $11 million annually (adjusted for inflation), he currently makes $5 million annually from NBC, broadcasting occasional special reports. He has a net worth of $85 million and is the only person to have hosted all three of NBC’s most popular programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press.
Diane Sawyer made $22 million when she was an anchor for ABC World News. Her net worth is over $80 million. She is known for her coverage on Good Morning America on ABC and 60 Minutes on CBS.
In January of 2020, Jim Lehrer died with a net worth of $48 million. He began his news career in the late ‘50s and anchored many programs along the way, including coverage of John F. Kennedy’s assassination while working in Dallas. His most notable job was with PBS - where he anchored the PBS NewsHour from 1975 to 2011.
Although Ann Curry left NBC in 2015, she continues her career in journalism with her own media startup. It is unknown what her current salary is, but she has accumulated a net worth of $10 million over her career with NBC’s Today and Dateline.
Through her career at CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC, she broke many records with her gigantic contracted salaries. After her coverage of 9/11, she was offered $19 million a year (adjusted for inflation). However, her current salary is $10 million, as part of her own media company. Her net worth is at a whopping $100 million.
Maria Shriver was First Lady of California when she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is also a member of the Kennedy family, as well as an anchor and correspondent for NBC News. Her net worth is $200 million.
As the current moderator of Meet the Press on NBC, Chuck Todd has a salary of over $1 million and a net worth of over $2 million. He focuses on politics and was NBC’s White House Correspondent. Todd has occasional appearances on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.
Jake Tapper is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN and makes $4 million annually. He hosts The Lead with Jake Tapper and State of the Union, and is also an author and cartoonist. He has a total net worth of $8 million.
Haillie Jackson is fairly new to news anchoring but she has plenty of experiencing working as a White House Correspondent for NBC News. Her annual salary is around $200,000 and she has a total net worth of $1 million. Jackson began her career at NBC in 2014 as the dedicated embedded reporter for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
As an anchor for the CBS Evening News and a correspondent for 60 minutes, O’Donnell makes $6 million each year and has a net worth of $18 million. She has worked on many other different programs for CBS and was even the Chief White House Correspondent for the network.
Since 2007, Bream has worked at Fox News. She has a salary of $800,000 and a net worth of $4 million. She works out of DC, covering mainly what is happening in the Supreme Court. On top of that, she is the host of Fox News @ Night.
Fox News journalist Laura Ingraham is well-known for her conservative views. She makes $15 million annually and has a net worth of $40 million. She currently hosts her own show on Fox called The Ingraham Angle.
Greg Gutfeld is a Libertarian host of several programs on Fox News. He makes $7 million each year and has a total net worth of $13 million. Currently, he hosts The Greg Gutfeld Show and co-hosts The Five.
Tucker Carlson is another conservative news anchor known for his work on Fox News, and he is also a published author. His net worth is around $30 million and makes on average $6 million each year since taking over Bill O’Reilly’s time slot since O’Reilly was fired from Fox.
Rush Limbaugh was best known for his conservative views and his radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, that ran from 1988 until his death in 2021. His annual salary reached $85 million each year, and his net worth was about $600 million.
Piers Morgan is an English journalist known for his long career in the media in the United Kingdom and around the world. He is strongly conservative in his views and has recently left Good Morning Britain. He has a net worth of around $20 million and makes $2 million each year.