Fox News Ainsley Earhardt’s Net Worth and the Truth About Her Career Salary

Ainsley Earhardt has a net worth estimated at around $6 million which she accumulated from her works as an American television personality, journalist, and conservative political commentator.

She is currently on the payroll of the Fox Network Channel and is best known for the show titled Fox & Friends and her segment on Hannity titled “Ainsley Across America”. Since joining Fox News in 2007, Earhardt has also stamped her name on a few Fox programs such as Fox’s All-American New Year’s Eve, The Live Desk, and Fox and Friends Weekend.

Before joining Fox News, Ainsley had worked as a reporter for different networks, including WLTX-News 19 and KENS-TV. Apart from what she has earned from her career in journalism, her net worth has been buoyed up by revenues she has generated from the sales of her several books. Yes, more than being a television personality, Ainsley is also an Ainsley and a mother.

Profile Summary

Age/Date of Birth:
47 years old (20 September 1976)
5 feet, 8 inches (1.73 m)
Husband or Boyfriend:Kevin Mckinney (m. 2005- 2009), Will Proctor (m. 2012-2018)
Parents:Father: Lewie Wayne Earhardt
Mother: Dale
Net Worth:$6 million

Ainsley Earhardt’s Current Contract With Fox News Earns Her $2 Million Yearly

The Fox & Friends co-host may not be one of the most paid television personalities in America but she is not doing badly financially. Her contribution at Fox News brings her an annual take-home of around $2 million. Earhardt was just 30 years old when she was hired by Fox News Channel in 2007. She had to relocate to New York City for the job. Since then, the journalist has served as the co-host of the Fox & Friends talk program. She is also a political commentator and a reporter for The Hannity Show. Additionally, Ainsley anchors her own segment titled Ainsley Across America. She has also been on Greg Gutfield’s show Red Eye. She would admit later that she did not have the slightest idea about politics before she was hired by Fox News.

The conservative journalist is widely known for her stellar achievements in the world of journalism. In 2007, she was bestowed with a Young Alumni Award from the University of South Carolina and an Outstanding Young Alumna Award from the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She has come a long way in her career and it is expected that the subsequent contract she would sign with Fox News would earn her more money than she currently earns. But it has not been all rosy for the journalist as she has been criticized a few times. One of such instance was in 2018 when she interviewed the former President of the United States, Donald Trump.

The journalist who is undoubtedly conservative had stated that she wanted to be unbiased while doing her job and to ask the tough questions regardless of who she was interviewing. She was bashed after her arguably soft interviews with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in 2018 for failing to uphold that standard. These interviews happened in her early 40s and are the highlight of her journalism career so far. The journalist was also criticized for supporting Trump’s controversial decisions like the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and his negotiations with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. None of the criticisms she has faced have affected her earnings in any negative way.

She Only Earned About $800,000 Yearly When She Newly Joined Fox News


Born in Spartanburg, South California on September 20, 1976, Ainsley Earhardt has indeed built an enviable career through which she became a multi-millionaire but it has been quite a long journey for her. The journalist spent part of her growing years in South Carolina. This was before her family moved to the Foxcroft area of Charlotte, North California. For her elementary education, the journalist attended Sharon Elementary School and subsequently got her high school education at Spring Valley High School, from where she graduated in 1995 at the age of 18.

After her time in High School, Ainsley got into Florida State University, thanks to a leadership and academic scholarship program. She studied biology during her time at the University but would later transfer to the University of South California where she pursued a degree in journalism and graduated in 1999. She was 22 years old at the time and graduated top of her class. This achievement led to her automatic employment as she was picked up by WLTX-News 19 where she anchored some morning and noon programs. She started working at WLTX-News 19 in 2000 – at the age of 23 –  and continued until 2004.

In 2005, she relocated to San Antonio, Texas, where she anchored newscasts for KENS-TV. Some of the programs she was known for included Eye Witness News This Morning and Eye Witness News At Noon. Still considered a newbie in journalism, Ainsley Earhardt got employed by Fox News in 2007. Her salary before she joined Fox News is unknown just as her starting salary at Fox was never disclosed. But it has been reported in some quarters that he earned $800,000 yearly at Fox before she started earning $2 million.

Proceeds From Her Books Have Also Contributed to Ainsley Earhardt’s $6 Million Net Worth

Disregarding her career in journalism, there are other things that Ainsley loves doing. She once participated in a half-marathon and has often been out skydiving with the U.S Army’s Golden Knights. She also flew with the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds in an F-16 aircraft. In addition to all of that, the television personality loves writing and has been building a career as an author, with a special focus on children’s books.

On November 15, 2016, she released her book Take Heart, My Child. The book went on to top the New York Times Bestseller’s list in the category of picture books. She has also released other books which include another children’s book, Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me, and a memoir titled The Light Within Me.

The royalties she has received from the sale of her books have contributed reasonably to her rumored $6 million net worth.

Her Net Worth Compared to Other Hosts of Fox & Friends

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The journalist is estimated to have a net worth of $6 million. While she is not among the wealthiest TV personalities in America, she is surely one of the richest hosts of Fox & Friends. Below is a look at Ainsley Earhardt’s net worth compared to her colleagues at Fox News.

  • Ainsley Earhardt Net Worth – $6 Million
  • Steve Doocy Net Worth – $11 Million
  • Brian Kilmead Net Worth – $8 Million
  • Janice Dean Net Worth – $4 Million
  • Will Cain Net Worth – $1.5 Million

Key Takeaways

  • Ainsley Earhardt has a net worth estimated at $6 million.
  • Her salary from her career in journalism is the major source of her wealth.
  • She is also an author and has made good money from her books.
  • Ainsley initially earned $800,000 yearly but now pockets $2 million per year for her contributions at Fox News.
Ikenna Nwobodo
Ikenna Nwobodo
Ikenna has been writing or editing for multiple websites and publications for over 3 years, When he is not writing, he likes taking adventures, playing the piano or singing, and hanging out with friends.


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