In the September 2014 Census Bureau report the median household income in America across all jobs was $51,939. We all know about the insane salaries the professional athletes make, but the salaries of TV games show hosts is equally insane!
Wheel of Fortune's host, Pat Sajak, rakes in $12 million a year and hostess Vanna White pulls down $8 million for flipping over the letters. Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy makes $10 million.
Family Feud host Steve Harvey makes $12 million and Howie Mandel of Deal, No Deal gets paid $14 million and he won't even shake a contestants hand because they are covered with filthy, disgusting germs that could make Howie sick. Lovable Drew Carey makes $8.5 million for hosting The Price is Right.
On the popular Dancing With the Stars, judges are rumored to make $1.2 million per season. Head judge Len Goodman's net worth is reported to be $12 million. As for the other judges, Carrie Ann Inaba has a net worth of $8 million, Bruno Tonioli net worth is $10 million. Julianne Hough's net worth is $7 million. The show's host, Tom Bergeron gets $150,000 per episode and his net worth is placed at $16 Million. Bergeron bought a $1.9 million house in Calabasas, California in 2004. He also owns a home in Greenwich, CT.
The dance pros were said to make around $5,000 per week back in 2009. What is known that dancer Derek Hough is worth $4 million. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is worth $3 million and brother Val Chmerkovskiy, half that. Mark Ballas is worth $2 million and in 2015 he bought a house...a $2.5 million five bedroom fixer upper.
Tony Dovolani is worth $2 million and Peta Murgatroyd is poor as a church mouse with a net worth at a paltry $400,000. Sharna Burgess has been a little more successful; her net worth is $750,000.
American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest pulls in $55 million a year. Although strictly speaking it's not a game show the world's highest paid TV show host is Dr. Phil ...$88 million a year.