How Much Do Sports Talk Show Hosts Make?

On average, the hourly wage of hosts on radio and television broadcasts, which includes sports talk show hosts, is around $20.20, which adds up to about $42,010 per year, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Based on the popularity of the show, the low-end sports show hosts make around $25,000, while the highest tier can make $150,000 or more, suggests Women's Sports Services.

The annual income of sports talk show hosts varies greatly depending on whether the show is on the radio or on television, if the show is on local stations or network television and what types of sports the show covers. Furthermore, talk show personalities' salaries vary based on location. For instance, a talk show host in California makes on average somewhere between $45,000 and $65,000 annually, which is almost twice as much as an average host in Wyoming or Montana, who makes about $20,000 to $30,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many sports talk show hosts do other jobs that could contribute to their salary, such as interviewing guests, doing statistics research and broadcasting live events. Live event broadcasters can make an average of $83,370 per year, according to College Crunch. These hosts not only need to be exceptional writers, but they must also be able to speak eloquently while describing events in real time.