Who Are The Highest Paid Hosts in Radio?


Forbes couldn’t resist taking a dig at radio when listing radio’s highest paid hosts in an online story Tuesday. “While the radio industry has been striving to embrace the modern age with new apps and video streaming, today’s highest paid radio stars — all middle-aged white men — highlight how little the industry has actually changed over the years.” So let’s find out how much Forbes says radio’s top hosts are making…

Forbes only lists six hosts and they are:
Howard Stern – $85 million
Rush Limbaugh – $79 million
Ryan Seacrest – $55 million
Sean Hannity – $29 million
Bill O’Reilly – $18.5 million
Glenn Beck – $13 million

Forbes says it estimated pretax income from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016 before deducting management and legal fees; figures are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo, Pollstar and IMDB, and interviews with agents, analysts and industry observers.


  1. Big Personalities will always get outstanding results.
    For those (and some other lesser-rewarded individuals), it’s still a nice living.
    Robo-jocks and snoozing, disinterested V/T-slaves cannot be expected to deliver any meaningful impact.
    It really is up to the sales departments to keep these (mainly) empty boxcars on the rails.
    And to be fair and candid, I don’t know how they continue to do it – even though some advertisers do get results.


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