How much do sportscasters make?

Do you ever wonder if you are underpaid? Or wonder what someone in your position and market size should be earning? Do you wonder what your dream job will pay?

sports broadcasting salaries

To help answer your questions, we’ve compiled a list of sports broadcasting salaries.

Before we get to the numbers, here are things two keep in mind:

  1. Salaries vary based upon market size and location.
  2. The numbers we list are base salaries. They do not include bonuses, commissions, 401K, hair, makeup and wardrobe, etc.

If you believe any of our numbers are totally off base, please share your insights in the comments section at the end of this post.

Full-Time Radio & TV Sportscasting Salaries

Annual Salary Job Type
$600,000 Veteran, major market TV sports anchor.
$300,000 Mid-day sports talk host, Top 5 market.
$290,000 Veteran, regional network studio talent.
$150,000 – $175,000 SportsCenter anchor, lower profile talent.
$100,000 – $125,000 Young regional network studio talent.
$100,000 Smaller market, Major League Baseball radio voice.
$90,000 – $100,000 Highest profile NCAA DI play-by-play jobs.
$82,000 Rookie NBA play-by-play voice.
$70,000 Mid-market TV sports anchor.
$64,000 Administrator/Talent for a mid-major conference digital network.
$60,000 Younger radio network play-by-play talent. (They do fewer games than the voice of a college program and don’t host coaches shows.)
$50,000 – $90,000 Power 5 Conference football/basketball and maybe baseball play-by-play.
$46,000 Sports Anchor/Reporter, non-metro, Pennsylvania.
$45,000 Mid-day sports talk host, Top 50 market.
$40,000 Mid-major football/basketball play-by-play.
$39,000 TV sports anchor/reporter, Alabama.
$35,000 TV sports anchor/reporter, Nevada.
$28,000 TV sports anchor/reporter, South Carolina.
$27,000 Sports Reporter, non-metro, North Carolina.
$26,000 Sports Reporter, non-metro, Indiana.
$26,000 Small market on-air personality/play-by-play broadcaster.
$15,000 Seasonal Class-AA minor league baseball media relations/play-by-play broadcaster.

Freelance Sports Broadcasting Salaries

(All salaries are per game pay)

Salary Job Type
$1,200 – $1,500 Independent contractor play-by-play at a conference network.
$950 – $3,000 Regional network college football play-by-play. Based upon experience.
$900 – $1,300 ESPN3 football and basketball play-by-play.
$650 – $1,600 Regional network college basketball play-by-play. Based upon experience.
$300 ESPN3 baseball play-by-play.
$250 – $900 Football and basketball radio analyst, depending on the conference.
$150 – $250 Football radio sideline reporter.
$65 – $150 High school football and basketball play-by-play. Less if the broadcast is Internet-only.

Again, if you think we’re way off somewhere or you simply want to share your thoughts, please leave your comments in the section below.

1 Comment

  1. TVSportsGuy

    I can only speak to the TV salaries (I’m a local TV sports anchor)…but they’re too high. Maybe the top of the top make that money. But the “regular” people…the money isn’t that high.


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