How Much Does Pat Sajak Make a Year Currently?

Pat Sajak is one of the longest-running game show hosts of all time and has been hosting Wheel of Fortune since 1981, which is four decades!!

The 76-year-old has naturally amassed a lot of wealth ever since then, and in case you are wondering how much Pat Sajak makes a year, then we got you!

How Much Does Pat Sajak Make a Year

When Did Pat Sajak Start Hosting Wheel of Fortune?

Pat didn’t start his career directly hosting the show Wheel of Fortune but initially worked as an anchor on WEDC, then at a local radio station in Chicago.

In fact, in the year 1968, Sajak joined the U.S. Army and worked as a disc jockey on their radio station.

Consequently, in 1977, he returned back and joined KNBC-TV in Los Angeles as a full-time weatherman.

And then four years later, he finally joined Wheel of Fortune and has never looked back ever since then.

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Pat Sajak Biography

Full NamePatrick Leonard Sajak
CityChicago, Illinois
Birth dateOctober 26, 1946
FatherLeonard Anthony Sajdak
MotherJoyce Backal
Spouse/ExLesly Brown (M. 1989), Sherrill Sajak (M. 1979–1986)
ChildrenMaggie Sajak, Patrick Michael James Sajak
Zodiac SignScorpio
Height5′ 10″
Relationship StatusMarried
Net Worth$70 million

How Much Does Pat Sajak Make a Year?

How Much Does Pat Sajak Make

For the past four decades, Pat Sajak has been hosting the popular show Wheel of Fortune, and naturally, he gets paid quite handsomely for it.

So Pat Sajak gets paid $14 million a year for hosting the show Wheel of Fortune.

What’s shocking is that Pat works for only 4 hours a month, that’s just 48 days per year! So as per this, he makes $52,083 per episode!

If you think that’s a lot, then let me tell you there’s more!

Sajak earns another $15 million from licensing fees, royalties, and other payments from “Wheel of Fortune” slot machines from casinos all around the world.

Pat Sajak Net Worth

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Pat Sajak’s total net worth is a staggering $70 million after taxes, general expenses, etc.

Since Pat started making a little over $15 million after turning 40, this seems about right.

However, some other platforms claim that Pat has an even bigger net worth, closer to $250 million. This would actually be true if he had been earning $15 million a year all this time.

Pat Sajak has not confirmed his salary, so there is no way one can tell for sure how much his net worth is. But we will leave you with this.

Pat Sajak’s Earnings From Side Gigs

Pat Sajak's Earnings From Side Gigs

Pat Sajak hasn’t kept himself limited to hosting and has appeared in a couple of movies from time to time. Starting in 1983, Pat appeared in Days of our lives as Kevin Hathaway.

But then, owing to his popularity from Wheel of Fortune, he started appearing as himself in shows like Fresh Off the BoatThe A-TeamThe Larry Sanders Show, The King of Queens, etc.

Additionally, he had also worked full-time as a weatherman at KNBC-TV in 1977, and not to mention he hosted his own show, The Pat Sajak Show, that used to air on CBS. 

There is no exact number as to how much Pat Sajak made from these shows and projects, but we are sure these side projects would have added greatly to his annual salary.

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Pat Sajak Real Estate

In the ’90s, Pat bought a home in Maryland which was valued at $1.275 million back then; obviously, in 2023, the value of his oldest home must be a lot.

Interestingly, his neighbors were not that excited to have a celebrity in the hood. One of the neighbors even stated, “I wouldn’t know him if he was sitting right next to me.” 

Additionally, he also bought a house in Enchino in the year 1988 for $1.8 million, and its current value today is $5 million.

Wrap Up

Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running tv show, and so is its host Pat Sajak. With Pat’s recent announcement of retirement by next year, it is going to be the end of an era.

Pat Sajak today has a net worth of an estimated $70 million, thanks to his long-run show and a couple of other projects that he has undertaken.

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