These Are The Richest Female News Anchors ON TV

Aug 08, 2021Leo Chiu

If you have to think of a prolific career, being a news anchor seldom comes to mind - but as it turns out, it actually has a very high entry requirement and it pays pretty well as well! How well do they pay? Well, here is a list of the richest female news anchor on TV. Maybe you can even recognize some of them! 

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Jane Pauley – $1.2 Million

It's not difficult to recognize Jane Pauley on the TV - a veteran in the business, Pauley has years of being a news anchor under her belt. Started her career all the way back in 1972, she anchored NBC’s Today for 13 years, then proceed to work as a co-host on Dateline NBC for another 12 years. Nowadays, she can be seen anchoring CBS Sunday Morning, with an estimated annual income of $1.2 million

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Katy Tur – $500,000

While some news anchors started off in smaller TV stations, Katy Tur started her career as a news anchor in New-York-based stations such as News 12 Brooklyn and Fox 5 New York. But that was just the beginning - she then went on to be an NBC broadcast journalist and news correspondent back in 2009, covering some of the biggest news in recent American history. It is estimated that her annual salary is around $500,000.

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Erin Andrews – $2 Million

You might be able to recognize Erin Andrews from the show Dancing with the Stars - yes, apart from being a news anchor, she's also a co-host of the show. In fact, it would be strange not to recognize her as an American. Known to be one of the most versatile correspondents out there, it was said that she is able to broadcast anything - from ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN’s College Gameday, nothing is impossible for her. With all that talent, it is estimated that she makes around $2 million a year. 

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Savannah Guthrie – $8 Million

In case you didn't know - apart from being a news anchor, Savannah Guthrie actually started out as an attorney, and therefore she also covered a lot of trials throughout her career as a news anchor. Oh and another interesting fact - she was born in Australia actually. After she joined NBC News in 2007, it only took her five years to become a co-host on the Today Show, with an estimated income of a staggering $8 million a year as of 2020!

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Nancy O’Dell – $2 Million

This former beauty pageant started out small but eventually got to where she is today. Nancy O'Dell started her broadcasting career in her hometown, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as a news anchor and reporter for WDPE-TV. She then made her way to various stations in both Charleston and Miami, eventually finding herself at Access Hollywood. It is estimated that her annual income is around $2 million

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Erin Burnett – $6 Million

Erin Burnett is a news anchor who currently has her own show on CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront, but that's not the end of it. She's also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which many considered to be one of  America's most powerful think tank on foreign policies. With all that under her belt, it is estimated that she currently makes $6 million a year. 

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Robin Meade – $3 Million

Former Miss Ohio-turned-news-anchor Robin Meade has had an interesting and prolific career in the business. Started off in the business as a reporter with a local station in her home state, over the years she had garnered some fame and eventually became the lead news anchor for HLN's morning show Morning Express with Robin Meade. It is estimated that she has an annual salary of $3 million

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Bianna Golodryga – $3 Million

News anchor Bianna Golodryga actually has quite an interesting story of her own - born in then-Soviet Moldova, a country situated in Eastern Europe bordering Ukraine and Romania, initially she was pursuing a career in the financial services industry. But when the market plummeted, she decided to try her luck in journalism, eventually becoming one of the global affairs analysts in CNN. Her annual salary is estimated to be $3 million

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Andrea Mitchell – $750,000

Another veteran in the business, Andrea Mitchell had been in the business for over 50 years! Half a century! Can you believe that? Started off as a news director of a student radio station, WXPN, she was then hired as a reporter at KYW radio. After years and years in the broadcasting business, she's now a commentator for NBC News. With that experience under her belt, it is estimated that she makes $750,000 a year. 

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Hoda Kotb – $7 Million

Started off as an NBC correspondent back in 1998, Hoda Kotb has made a name for herself, where she can now be seen occasionally on late-night talk shows. She is now the main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today and co-host of its entertainment-focused fourth hour. Her annual income is estimated to be $7 million as of 2020. 

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Natalie Morales – $6 Million

Born in Taiwan to a Brazilian mother and a Puerto Rican father, Morales spent most of her life as a child overseas due to her father's military background. She also worked in a bank before pursuing a career in journalism, eventually becoming the Today Show West Anchor. It's estimated that she makes $6 million a year.

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Ann Curry – $10 Million

Ann Curry is a renowned journalist and photojournalist who spent more than 30 years in the business. Born in Guam to a Japanese mother and American father, Curry spent her years covering major world events, including the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Before she left the Today show, it was estimated that she made more than $10 million a year. 

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Courtney Friel – $140,000

Started out as a sports anchor, over the years Courtney Friel had made her way to become a major figure in entertainment coverage. She's currently working at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, California, She also posed for magazines such as Maxim and FHM. She has an estimated net worth of $12 million, with an estimated annual income of $140,000 at the time of writing. 

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Mika Brzezinski – $8 Million

Daughter of diplomat and political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as an adviser to both Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, Mika was destined for a great future. Indeed it was - she currently works alongside her husband Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. It's estimated that she makes $8 million a year. 

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Megyn Kelly – $18 Million

Megyn Kelly started out as an attorney before eventually pursuing a career in journalism. She hosted different shows throughout her career, from NBC's Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly to Fox News' The Kelly File - she even interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017. As a high profile news anchor, it was estimated that she made $18 million a year.

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Melissa Theuriau – $1 Million

Readers from the states might not be able to recognize Melissa Theuriau, as she is actually a news anchor from France. Apart from being voted the most beautiful news reporter in France at one point, she also worked with UNICEF in an effort to provide education to underprivileged girls. It's estimated that she makes around $1 million a year, with a net worth of $18 million. 

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Robin Roberts – $18 Million

Before appearing as a host on Good Morning America in 2005, Robin Roberts worked as a sports reporter on ESPN for more than 10 years. She was also one of the very first journalists to interview former President Barack Obama after his inauguration. It's estimated that Roberts makes $18 million a year from ABC. 

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Greta Van Susteren – $5 Million

According to Forbes, Greta Van Susteren is the longest-running cable news anchor in the U.S, where she had continuously hosted more than 3,500 episodes. A former defense lawyer, Van Susteren became a commentator and legal analyst for major TV networks, eventually hosting her own show. It was estimated that she was making at least $5 million a year when she worked for MSNBC. 

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Ainsley Earhardt – $2 Million

Born in South Carolina, Ainsley Earhardt started her career working as a local reporter for the Columbia, South Carolina CBS news station. She then worked as a weekday anchor for KENS-TV Eyewitness News in San Antonio, Texas, before landing her current role as a news anchor for the Fox News Channel in New York City. It is estimated that she makes $2 million a year. 

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Melissa Francis – $2 Million

You might have recognized Melissa Francis from other places - yes, if you got a keen eye, before she became a news anchor, she actually starred in Little House on the Prairie when she was a child. As an adult, she acted occasionally while anchoring for CNET and CNBC before switching to Fox News. It is also estimated that she makes $2 million a year. 

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Charissa Thompson – $700,000

Charissa Thompson dreamed of working with sports since she was a kid, and fortunately for her she eventually made her way up as a sportscaster and television host for all four networks - even though she started out by having to fill out employee personnel files at Fox Sports. It's believed that she has an annual income of $700,000 and a net worth of $3 million - and of course, free entry to major sports events. 

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Ginger Zee – $500,000

Ginger Zee, born Ginger Renee Colonomos, is the meteorologist for ABC News after having been the network's weekend meteorologist. When she graduated from university, her goal was to be a meteorologist on The Today Show by age 30 - and she did just that. Today, it's estimated that she makes $500,000 a year - not bad for someone who's not even 40 yet. 

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Katherine Timpf – $510,000

Katherine Timpf has had many roles throughout her career in the broadcasting business - a columnist, television personality, reporter, and even comedian. She appeared on Fox News Channel's The Greg Gutfeld Show and co-hosted Fox News Specialists alongside Eric Bolling and Eboni Williams. At the age of just 32, it is estimated that her annual income is $510,000.

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Paula Faris – $565,000

Over the years, Paula Faris has made her way up to become a familiar face on television in the broadcasting business. She was a co-host on Good Morning America Weekend from 2014 to 2018 and worked as a co-host of The View from 2015 to 2018. Her annual salary is estimated to be around $565,000.

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Britt McHenry – $600,000

A daughter of an Air Force Lt. Colonel, Britt McHenry was born in New Jersey but grew up in Florida. She was an avid athlete even back when she was in college, playing soccer with future national team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Her love of sports eventually landed her a role at ESPN, working as a reporter for the channel before switching to Fox Nation. It is estimated that she makes $600,000

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Martha MacCallum – $700,000

Today, Martha MacCallum is known to be a staple at conservative network Fox News. She joined the network in 2004 and had been working for them as a reporter, correspondent, and anchor ever since. She is also the host of The Story with Martha MacCallum on the channel. With years of experience at the same channel, it's estimated that she makes $700,000 a year, with a net worth of approximately $8 million.

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Deborah Norville – $4 Million

There's no way you couldn't recognize her if you have watched any news on TV during the last two decades. Deborah Norville had been the anchor of Inside Edition since March 1995, since more than 25 years ago. She is also a member of the board of directors of ViacomCBS, and with that, her annual income is estimated to be $4 million

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Abby Huntsman – $3 Million

At the age of just 34, the daughter of a former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. already made a name for herself in the business. Abby Huntsman had been working as a host on MSNBC and NBC News, with an annual income of approximately $3 million and a net worth of $20 million - not bad at all for a 34-year-old. 

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Kelly Ripa – $20 Million

Perhaps more well-known as an actress, Kelly Ripa is also a TV personality, talk show host, and journalist. She is the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, a talk show on her life and pop culture in general. She married her co-star Mark Consuelos in the soap opera All My Children back in the 90s - with all the fame she garnered over the years, her estimated annual income is a staggering $20 million

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Katie Couric – $15 Million

Inducted in 2004 to the television Hall of Fame, Katie Couric is no stranger to the broadcasting business. Previously worked as an anchor for Yahoo's Global News, she also worked for three major channels throughout her career - ABC, NBC, and CBS. Her yearly income was estimated to be $15 million, topping the entire NPR News budget. Astronomical, in other words. 

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Meredith Vieira – $11 Million

Meredith Vieira appeared in different programs over the years, including 60 Minutes, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and The Meredith Vieira Show, but she is perhaps the most well-known for her role as a moderator on ABC’s The View. Another veteran in the business, it should come as no surprise that her yearly salary surpasses many of her fellow countrymen - it's estimated that her yearly salary is $11 million a year. 

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Samantha Ponder – $40,000

While $40,000 might not seem a lot compared to other female news anchors featured on this list, just give us a minute here. At the age of just 34, Samatha Ponder had been working for ESPN for more than a decade, covering football and basketball matches. While her annual salary is believed to be a mere $40,000, it's estimated that she earned nearly $5 million working for ESPN over the years, with a total net worth of $12.5 million. 

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Judy Woodruff – $3 Million

Judy Woodruff had been in the business for more than three decades, another veteran in the broadcasting business. She is the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, but she also worked for CNN, NBC, and PBS prior to that. With more than three decades in the business, Woodruff has extensive experience in politics, covering some of the major political events in the country. It's estimated that she makes $3 million a year. 

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Gayle King – $5.5 Million

Gayle King is a co-host of CBS's flagship morning program, CBS This Morning - that should be able to tell you her experience in the business. Apart from that, she's also well-known for her close friendship with Oprah Winfrey. With years of experience and co-hosting a flagship morning program, it's estimated that she has a yearly salary of $5.5 million and a net worth of $25 million. 

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Brooke Baldwin – $4 Million

Brooke Baldwin had been working for CNN since 2008, and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon. If you are looking at the name and wondering if she is related to the greatest actor in the world, Alec Baldwin (according to Team America: World Police anyway) - yes, she's actually a distant cousin of Alec Baldwin. It's believed that her annual salary is $4 million

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Amy Robach – $1 Million

Amy Robach had been working with NBC News since 2003. Over the years she worked on different shows, as an anchor and co-host - she was anchoring for two hours every morning in Good Morning America before she went on and become a co-anchor on NBC’s weekend show, Today. Since 2018, Robach had been co-hosting 20/20 alongside David Muir. With nearly two decades at NBC, it's estimated that she makes roughly a million per year. 

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Joy Reid – $1.5 Million

Joy-Ann M. Lomena-Reid, known professionally as Joy Reid, is an MSNBC national correspondent and political commentator. Graduated from Harvard University, over the years Reid had found herself at the forefront of US politics, covering and commenting on the developments over the last few decades on television. It's estimated that she has a net worth of $4 million, with an annual salary of $1.5 million

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Tamron Hall – $1 Million

You might remember her from the Today show from NBS, but Tamron Hall has had a prolific career in the broadcasting business apart from her time with NBS. She is an Emmy-winning American broadcast journalist, hosting shows including Deadline: Crime on the Investigation Discovery channel. Her yearly income is estimated to be $1 million at the time of writing. 

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Elizabeth Vargas – $750,000

Elizabeth Anne Vargas is the lead investigative reporter/documentary anchor for A&E Networks - however, you might have known her from her time with ABC, when she was an anchor of ABC's television news magazine 20/20 and ABC News specials prior to her switch to A&E Networks. After 14 years of working at ABC, it's estimated that she now makes around $750,000 per year. 

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Norah O'Donnell – $7 Million

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According to the CBS website, Norah O'Donnell is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, anchor of CBS News Election Specials, and a 60 Minutes contributing correspondent, after her career at NBC News, covering US politics. With years of experience under her belt, it is estimated that she makes $7 million a year.

Maria Bartiromo – $6 Million

Maria Bartiromo has had a fruitful career as a journalist and broadcaster - she was the first journalist to deliver live reports from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, a feat that was monumental at the time. Currently, she works as the anchor of Mornings with Maria and Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street on the Fox Business network. She had been covering finance-related news for decades, and with it, she currently makes around $10 million a year with Fox.

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Rachel Maddow – $7 Million

Rachel Maddow started her career in radio before pursuing a career in television - which is probably a great choice in retrospect. She was a big part of the program Countdown with Keith Olbermann, which eventually led her to have her own show, The Rachel Maddow Show. It's estimated that she makes roughly $7 million a year. 

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Diane Sawyer – $22 Million

Nowadays Diane Sawyer is known as one of the most successful female broadcasters/new anchors out there. Sawyer started her career in the business more than half a century ago back in the 60s, witnessing the changes that took place in America and around the world since then. She's also the first female correspondent for CNN's 60 Minutes, a feat that was historical in television history. She was also working for former President Richard Nixon back at the time. With all the experience and years under her belt, it should come as no surprise that her salary is a staggering $22 million, with a net worth of $80 million. 

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Barbara Walters – $12 Million

If there's anyone who can rival Diane Sawyer when it comes to their experience in the broadcasting business, it has to be Barbara Walters. Now retired and at the age of 91, throughout her career, Walters was well-praised for her interviews with various figures, and she was extremely popular in the television age. At the peak of her career, she was paid $12 million a year, which was the highest in history at the time. 

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Here are the female news anchors with the highest incomes - perhaps you too would like to have a career as a news anchor now? Which one here is your favorite? Did you expect them to make that much at all? If you enjoyed reading this, why not share this with your friends and family?

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