Sports broadcasters earned, on average, $76,070 per year as of May 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary estimate is based on the pay for radio and television announcers working in the field of spectator sports. Salaries for sports broadcasters vary based upon location and the type of sport they cover, with some sports broadcasters earning millions of dollars per year.
Pay by Location
According to Simply Hired, a job search site which compiles salary data, the average sports broadcaster working in Los Angeles, California, earned $65,000 per year as of April 11, 2015. The average salary was even higher in New York City, where sports broadcasters earned $69,000 annually. Sports broadcasters in Miami, Florida, earned less, with an average yearly pay of $57,000. Earnings were significantly lower in Wheeling, West Virginia, where the average sports broadcaster earned $47,000 per year. In Watertown, South Dakota, the average yearly sports broadcaster salary was only $46,000. There are also salary variations between states. In New Jersey, the average sports broadcaster earned $68,000 per year, whereas the average salary in Montana was only $47,000 annually. Yearly pay in Colorado was $64,000, and those working in Arizona earned $55,000 per year.
Pay by Type of Broadcaster
There is variation in pay depending upon the type of sport a broadcaster covers. According to Simply Hired, college sports broadcasters earned $31,000 per year, as of April 11, 2015. Professional sports broadcasters, on the other hand, earned $59,000 annually. Baseball sports broadcasters earned, on average, $62,000 annually, whereas golf sports broadcasters earned $66,000 per year. Basketball sports broadcasters had lower pay, with an average yearly salary of $49,000.
Highest-Paid Sports Broadcasters
Some professional sports broadcasters earn significantly more than the average pay. According to USA Today, Bob Costas and Al Michaels, who both work for NBC, earned about $5 million per year, as of January 2012. Joe Buck of Fox and Jim Nantz of CBS also both earned approximately $5 million annually. Chris Berman and Mike Tirico, both employees of ESPN, earned less, with yearly earnings of about $3 million, but both significantly out-earned the average.
Despite the potential for high pay, pursuing a career in sports broadcasting may not be easy, as there will be very few job openings in the field. According to the BLS, there will be 0 percent growth in jobs for radio and television announcers, the field to which sports broadcasters belong, between 2012 and 2022. Therefore the competition for available jobs could be fierce, and many broadcasters may struggle to find employment.
2016 Salary Information for Announcers
Announcers earned a median annual salary of $30,860 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, announcers earned a 25th percentile salary of $21,320, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $50,780, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 52,700 people were employed in the U.S. as announcers.