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ESPN overview

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The staff at ESPN come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The company is 30.2% female and 39.0% ethnic minorities. Even though it has great demographic diversity, ESPN notably lacks in political diversity. It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Democratic Party, at 73.4%. Despite having coworkers who agree with each other about politics, employees at ESPN tend to have relatively short tenures. Staff members usually stay with the company for 2.8 years. The average employee at ESPN makes $73,734 per year, which is competitive for its industry and location. Some of its highest paying competitors, Entercom Communications, iHeartMedia, and Conde Nast, pay $118,315, $71,276, and $70,468, respectively.
A large company with 1,250 employees and an annual revenue of $559.7M, ESPN is headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut.

The Organization’s Mission

To serve sports fans wherever sports are watched, listened to, discussed, debated, read about or played.

Perks of Working at ESPN

ESPN has a motivated team, great culture, provides employees with all resources they might need, flexible schedule, health insurance, 401k, etc.


Sports broadcasting





Founded in

September 7, 1979 ; 39 years ago ( 1979-09-07 )


Bristol, CT



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The team at ESPN

Key People
  • Mike Soltys (VP, Communications)
  • Steve Anderson (Plant Mgr)
  • James Pitaro (President)
The Inside Scoop
ESPN, Inc., established in 1979, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment entity. The company operates radios and cable television networks; and interactive/Internet, broadband, and wireless platforms, telecasts programming on various sports, such as soccer, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, basketball, motor racing, and others. ESPN, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Based in Bristol, CT, ESPN has approximately 4,000 employees (approximately 8,000 worldwide).
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Zippia Official LogoZippia UserJune 2019

What Do You Like About Working There?

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What Do You Like About Working There?

It was an upbeat atmosphere that taught me a lot about the media. Show More
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserFebruary 2010

What kind of salaries does the talent make? I would guess the SC anchors are near $2MM/yr and radio guys like Cowherd are near $800kish...

I really do not know, but I heard on-air talent starts (like all the anchors you've never heard of) around 80K. The big fish make considerably more, but I would assume the public over-estimates their salaries big time. They really don't make THAT much ridiculous money.
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserFebruary 2010

I was convinced you were female, given your liberal use of exclamation points. Then you mentioned standing at a urinal next to a HOFer. Or was that to throw us off. Or, are you a C with a D? Anyway, is it a sportsy sausage fest at the worldwide leader? M/F employee ratio?

The ratio is a lot more guys. Even without us being sports, broadcasting is a male dominated field. The production and technology departments are mostly male, but there are a lot of females in the other departments.
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserFebruary 2010

Is there a lot of sports gambling going on at ESPN? I imagine there must be since everyone is so plugged into what's going in the world of sports.

I haven't noticed an increase in percentage of betting employees compared to other places I've been.
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ESPN Rankings

ESPN is ranked #12 on the Best Companies to Work For in Connecticut list. Zippia's Best Places to Work lists provide unbiased, data-based evaluations of companies. Rankings are based on government and proprietary data on salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity.

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ESPN Salaries

How much does ESPN pay?
The national average salary for an ESPN employee in the United States is $73,734 per year. Employees in the top 10 percent can make over $143,000 per year, while employees at the bottom 10 percent earn less than $37,000 per year.
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ESPN Salaries By Job Title

While the average employee salary at ESPN is $73,734, there is a big variation in pay depending on the role. Some of the positions that earn high wages at ESPN include Marketing Manager, Talk Show Host, Co-Host, and Associate Director. A worker with the title Marketing Manager salary at ESPN can earn an average yearly salary of $140,355. Other roles at ESPN include Server and Hostess. A Server at ESPN earns an average yearly salary of $14,683.
Marketing Manager
Talk Show Host
Associate Director
Stage Manager

ESPN careers

On average, employees at ESPN stay with the company for 2.8 years. Employees most commonly join ESPN after leaving CBS. When they leave ESPN, they most frequently get their next job at The Walt Disney Company.

Average Length of Employment


2.8 years
CBS2.7 years
NBCUniversal2.1 years
Top Employers Before ESPN
CBS13.6 %
Comcast6.4 %
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Top Employers After ESPN
NFL10.0 %
CBS9.7 %
Comcast9.7 %
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ESPN Financial Performance

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$100M - $1B

Founded in

September 7, 1979 ; 39 years ago ( 1979-09-07 )

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ESPN Competitors

Some of the competitors of ESPN are Entercom Communications Corp, iHeartMedia, and Conde Nast. The average salaries at Entercom Communications Corp rank the highest, with their employees earning an average salary of $118,315 per year. The salaries at iHeartMedia average $71,276 per year, and the salaries at Conde Nast come in at $70,468 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions about ESPN

When was ESPN founded?

ESPN was founded in September 7, 1979 ; 39 years ago ( 1979-09-07 ).

How many Employees does ESPN have?

ESPN has 1,250 employees.

How much money does ESPN make?

ESPN generates $559.7M in revenue.

What industry is ESPN in?

ESPN is in the sports broadcasting industry.

What is ESPN's mission?

ESPN's mission statement is "To serve sports fans wherever sports are watched, listened to, discussed, debated, read about or played."

What type of company is ESPN?

ESPN is a private company.

Who are ESPN's competitors?

ESPN competitors include CBS, Clear Channel Communications Inc., NBCUniversal, Darden Restaurants, Fox Sports Grill, The Walt Disney Company, Applebee's, Viacom, Red Lobster, MLB Advanced Media, Texas Roadhouse, ABC Co, CNN, iHeartMedia, Cracker Barrel, Conde Nast, IHOP, Red Robin, Entercom Communications Corp, Public Broadcasting Service.

Who works at ESPN?

Mike Soltys (VP, Communications)

Steve Anderson (Plant Mgr)

James Pitaro (President)

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