Sports announcers make an average of about $26,000 to $28,000 per year, according to 2012 data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of announcers may make $70,000 per year or more.
Pay can vary greatly depending on where the sports commentator is working. Radio and television announcers, which can include sports commentators, make slightly more than announcers working in other media. Those working in larger markets, such as radio stations serving large cities, tend to make more than those working in smaller markets. Those doing sports commentator work on a part-time rather than full-time basis typically make less than the average.