According to the job website Indeed, the average motivational speaker makes around $88,000 per year as of 2013. Motivational speakers' salaries can vary greatly depending on location, level of fame, number of speeches given annually, merchandising and other factors.
Motivational speakers' salaries vary substantially by state and region, with the highest paying states including New York at $106,000 per year, Washington, D.C., at $104,000 per year and California at $95,000 per year. Many speakers are self-employed and dictate their own salaries based on their profits. Motivational speakers can also generate extra income though infomercials and sales of books, CDs and DVDs. In 2007, motivational speakers who sold books, CDs and DVDs made an average of $177,000, according to the National Speakers Association.