Some of the annual salaries of ESPN anchors past and present are: Dan Patrick - $1 million, Scott Van Pelt - $4 million, Stephen A. Smith - $3 million, Jim Rome - $14 million and Jon Gruden - $4.3 million. The first ESPN anchor to get paid $1 million was Dan Patrick.
Dan Patrick worked for ESPN from 1999 to 2007 and currently hosts "The Dan Patrick Show" on NBCSN. He also co-hosts NBC's "Football Night in America."
Scott Van Pelt has worked at ESPN for over a decade and hosts the midnight edition of "SportsCenter." Van Pelt signed a contract with ESPN that pays him $4 million annually.
Stephen A. Smith started working for ESPN in 2007 and co-hosts "ESPN First Take" with Skip Bayless. Smith signed a new contract with ESPN for $3.1 million annually. Smith is well-known for his fiery tone and controversial statements.
Jim Rome signed an eight-year contract with ESPN that ended in 2011. He then signed a $30 million a year contract with CBS to host a talk show on CBS Sports Radio.
Jon Gruden is a former NFL head coach and was hired by ESPN in 2010 as an analyst. He signed a contract extension with ESPN for $6.5 million annually. He is ESPN's highest paid on-air employee.