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Ken Jennings’ Salary 2023 | How Much Does Ken Jennings make on jeopardy?

Ken Jennings’ salary is $4,522,700 per year!

It’s nearly impossible to talk about Jeopardy! without also mentioning Ken Jennings. He is not just the highest-earning American game show contestant but has his name sealed in the “Greatest of All Time game show’s history books. Jennings deserves all the accolades he gets, having won money on five different game shows, including $4,522,700 on Jeopardy!, the famous U.S. game show.

Let’s dive into the highlight of Jennings’ career, his salary, net worth, and how much he makes on jeopardy!

What does Ken Jennings do?

Here is the highlights of Ken Jennings’ career.

  • Ken worked as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City health care staffing company in 2004
  • In June 2004, He appeared on Jeopardy!. He spent a month making flash cards and cramming on familiar Jeopardy! subjects like U.S. presidents, world capitals, and “potent potables” (Ken doesn’t drink).
  • The streak made Ken Jennings a 2004 TV folk hero, and he appeared as a guest on shows from The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman to Live with Regis and Kelly and Sesame Street.
  • Since his Jeopardy! streak ended, Ken has become a best-selling author. His books include Brainiac, about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac, the biggest American trivia book ever assembled, Maphead, about his lifelong love of geography, and Because I Said So!, debunking parenting cliches. For children, he writes a series of Junior Genius Guides full of fun projects and amazing facts.
  • Ken hosted “Stump the Master” and “Clued In” for GSN Live and has appeared in ads for FedEx, Microsoft, Allstate, Cingular, IBM, and even his onetime nemesis H&R Block.
  • On Sept. 3, 2020, Entertainment Weekly announced that Ken had taken on a role as a consulting producer on the show, starting with its 37th season. The role includes serving as the show’s “general ambassador” (which we’d argue he’s already been doing in an unofficial capacity for the past 16 years, but OK), and presenting his own special video categories.

How much does Ken Jennings make on jeopardy?

Ken Jennings’ total earnings on Jeopardy! is $4,522,700per year; consisting of the following:

  • $2,520,700 over his 74 wins
  • A $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance
  • A $500,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy!

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Ken Jennings’ Networth

According to Celebrity Net Worth Jennings’ net worth is estimated to be $4 million. The 74-game Jeopardy! the champion won $2,520,700 from his 2004 regular-season wins; for the 75th game that got away, he earned the $2,000 second-place prize. 

Ken Jennings then went on to earn the $500,000 second-place prize for Jeopardy!‘s Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005 and for his part in the show’s 2011 IBM Challenge where he placed second, he earned $300,000.

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