Let’s just say it pays to be “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak. He reportedly has a net worth of $70 million.
The host receives a salary of $15 million per year for his work on the popular game show, according to an article on CelebrityNetWorth.com. In comparison, Vanna White, who has also been on the show for many years, makes $10 million per year.
So, what do Pat Sajak and Vanna White do to earn those salaries?
According to the article, episodes of “Wheel of Fortune” are filmed only four days a month – two Thursdays and two Fridays. On those days, they film six episodes each day. The stars usually get to the studio by 8:30 a.m. on production days.
Filming the episodes begins at noon. An audience is brought in to watch the filming of three shows. Then, there is a break before a new audience is brought in to watch the filming of three more episodes.
Here’s some math regarding the salaries of Pat Sajak and Vanna White. If they film four days a month for 12 months, that’s 48 filming days per year. According to the article, that breaks down to $312,500 per day for Sajak and $208,333 for White. Breaking that down even further shows that Sajak earns $52,083 per episode while White earns $34,722 per episode.
Pat Sajak has appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” for more than 30 years. In fact, he is now the longest-running game show host. He hit that mark in 2018 and received that title from Guinness World Records in March 2019.
He has won three Emmys and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to his decades-long career. Sajak is under contract to appear on “Wheel of Fortune” through 2022, according to the article.
Pat Sajak Defends His Mental Health
Pat Sajak is currently 74 years old. He recently was absent from “Wheel of Fortune” for a month. There were rumors that he had had a “mental breakdown.” “The Globe” tabloid was one source of those reports.
In reality, Sajak was out of the show because he had to have emergency surgery due to an intestinal blockage, not because of a mental breakdown.
He shared what happened to him on “Good Morning America.” He also said he “still has his wits.”
“My wife and our daughter were with me, and they were, you know, they didn’t know,” Sajak said about his medical emergency. “I mean, you go in and they don’t know if I’m coming out. You couldn’t do anything.”
Fortunately, things turned out well. Pat Sajak has been back at work for a while now with no signs of stopping – at least not yet.
“I think I still do it at a high level,” he also said on ABC about hosting “Wheel of Fortune.” “But you know, I can’t do it another 40 years. I know that because I’d be 110, and that would be a record.”