Get a Glamorous Job at QVC: Host Salaries and More

Cooing at the sparkle of a diamond bracelet, answering questions about holiday flatware and pushing laptops designed for the whole family – are these job skills? Absolutely. Welcome to the wild, live world of a QVC TV host.

These bright-smiled folks seem to fascinate viewers. Could they have one of the most fun jobs around? It's likely that plenty of people have watched QVC (I'm raising my hand. You can, too) and thought, "Heck, I could do that. I wonder what it’s like and how much they make?" So, I decided to do some investigative reporting and look into QVC host salaries, job duties, and what other jobs are available at QVC.

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I started out with a bold call and email to the QVC media relations department and was denied an interview, so no luck there.

Fortunately, it turns out that QVC's website has a wonderful page where you can link to written bios and videos about each host. I hoped their job histories would lend some clues about what they earn now.

These hosts are interesting and talented. Many have worked in entertainment – playing Cinderella in a Disney parade or touring the country as a stand-up comedian. Some are bilingual, used to work as news reporters or even medical technologists. Want to know more? You can email each host directly and ask them your questions. Their email addresses are listed on the website.

Rather than hope for salary information from the hosts, I decided to figure out what they may have earned before working for QVC. Based upon that information maybe we can guess what they are paid now. From authoring books to serving as Miss Tennessee, many of the hosts' previous jobs are hard to put a price tag on – but here are a few we can find data for.

Job Title Median Salary Range
Radio host, Springfield, MA $86,500 - $116,100
TV news anchor, Lafayette, IN $79,600 - $115,100
Account executive, advertising, San Francisco, CA $84,163 - $119,721
Medical technologist, 17+ years experience $70,766 - $90,515
Retail sales manager, Mashantucket, CT  $70,099 - $101,765

I chose to look at the 75th to 90th percentiles for these jobs because the hosts’ bios make it seem like they are at the top of whatever field they are in. Another factor to consider is that some of the hosts haven't held these jobs for a number of years so their salaries back in the day were likely lower, but perhaps comparable in terms of spending power. Overall, they have had some fairly lucrative jobs

Since I didn't find out much about QVC host salaries I thought it would be fun to know more about what it is like to work at QVC, and with the hosts. I went to LinkedIn and figured out who I knew who knows someone at QVC. Turns out, I'm loosely connected to a few former employees. Two of them were actually willing to talk to me so I snapped up the opportunity and asked them about their whole experience at the company, not just hosts' salaries.

What Is It Really Like to Work at QVC?

My first interview was with Matt*. He worked as a cameraman for QVC back in the 1990s, mostly touring around the country to promotional shoots at special locations. For example, QVC may have sold Elvis "Love Me Tender" Meat Tenderizer at a historic site in Memphis.

Matt supposes that hosts' salaries vary according to their ability to sell. Referring to hosts, Matt comments, "Those people push a lot of product. TV is just the store." He says that hosts specialize in certain areas, "You have your jewelry people. You have your fix-it people." He describes certain, super-selling hosts as "winners" and guesses they rake in the most money.

Matt told me that back in the 1990s he was making about $60,000 a year, plus overtime, to work as a cameraman. He admits that his salary was a high because he came from a hot market, New York City. Still, he figures the hosts were making more than him, by quite a bit. So, if some hosts were making about $80,000-plus over 10 years ago, you'd have to imagine their pay is in the six figures by now.

Matt said the company is not very hierarchical, though the hosts are a big deal. He described them as generally friendly and, as with all groups of people, some are more friendly than others.

"Some hosts would go out of their way to extend themselves to the crew. They're kinda stars in their strange little world," says Matt.

Second, I talked to Brooke*. She worked as a product description writer for just over one year back in 2006-2007. Brooke enjoyed her time at QVC. She was a young woman moving to the small town of West Chester, PA after losing her job in the newspaper industry. But she says was open to QVC's more rural location because she thought her salary at QVC was big dollars compared to what print news media was paying.

Brooke thinks that a six-figure salary would be accurate for a QVC host, "especially for the stars," she says. She describes QVC as a sort of surreal place to work, with celebrities coming and going. She recalls a co-worker letting her know, "Paula Abdul is in the bathroom." While on other days, Hulk Hogan and Rachel Zoe passed through.

Brooke also offered this helpful tidbit, in case you're burnin' to meet a real QVC host. She says that a host almost always greets people on the tour of QVC's studios West Chester. Take the tour, meet a host!

Here are a few more facts I gleaned about QVC from LinkedIn and QVC's website:

  • Founded in 1986 and employs 17,200 people around the world.
  • Broadcasts live, 24 hours a day, 364 days a year.
  • Presents more than 1,150 products a week, with 288 of those being new to the QVC customer.
  • The company headquarters in West Chester sits on 84 acres of land and is about the size of 15 U.S. football fields.

Attention: According to my LinkedIn info, QVC has hired at least eight people for various positions in the last two months. Maybe it's time to apply.

* Name changed to protect interviewee privacy.

16 Comments

  1. 16 Ex-QVC Model 20 Feb
    Trust me, having modeled at QVC for over ten years it is by no means a dream job. Models receive no benefits or job security, the hours can be brutal and until recently we were only provided the option of sleeping in our cars or on the floors of the dressing rooms between shows (often working up to 60+ hours in a row with a few scattered 1-4 hr breaks during which to rest). I will always cherish the camaraderie I shared with the other models and the crew members but do not miss the insane hours or the neglectful treatment from the company.
  2. 15 BB 05 Feb
    You people are so stupid. If you read the article you would see this isn't qvc looking for employees. DO NOT POST YOUR ADDRESS on ANY website that is viewable to ANYONE. Seriously, are you new to the Internet?? And if this was qvc, I very highly doubt they would take just your word that your daughter is beautiful..
  3. 14 Sunshine Rick Agman 13 Dec
    QVC is fantastic and I hugely want to have a position at QVC. I may be totally blind physically, but, emotionally and spiritually I have 20-20 vision which is better than most who claim they emotionally charged. I can be reached through my email, sunshinerca@gmail.com or by pghone, 320-441-2050 in central Minnesota, that is, in Willmar, Minnesota. I believe in SERVING those less fortunate than myself as I'm a leader in Lions!!!!
  4. 13 Sunshine Rick Agman 13 Dec
    Even though I'm a blind person, I very strongly feel I would be the best asset to QVC. I've watched QVC since 1989 when it was CVN and have watched none other. My interests and tallents would be around home décor, electronics and MORE!! Blindness wouldn't be an hindrance, but, to the most utmost strong asset. Ratings would soar because viewers would be amazed in how I would do my position.
  5. 12 Lisa 08 Dec
    None of you make any sense at all . I am totally shocked to see a name , address and phone number on here . What were some of you thinking ? This is not a SECURE site !!!
  6. 11 Nicole 21 Sep
    Oh you people are absurd! "I look younger...my daughter should be a model." Blah blah blah. You need to apply directly through QVC, and they use booking agents, not just random people who dream of QVC. And DON'T leave your personal info online you dope.
  7. 10 Linda Bodnar 20 Jul
    I am in my early sixty and interested in modeling fot QVC. Everone looks like they are having such a good time and learning. I would like something different?
  8. 9 Beverley Hurst 20 Jul
    Hi I am writing to ask if I could work as a model on QVC for demonstrations, ie any beauty products, or other. I am the more mature female, being the latter end of fifty, ( but look younger so I am told ) I am a professional dancer, and now an instructor of dance and exercise, I love make and glamour, and I am not shy to be in front of a camera as I have been a supporting actor for a number of years. I would like to forward you some photos of myself so you can see what I look like, how can I go about this? I look forward to hearing from you. Regards Beverley Hurst.
  9. 8 maryann crinigan 06 Jul
    This would be for my daughter (in early 30's) she is 5'11" n her entire life been asked why she never modeled,we both love QVC,hope to hear frim you! Thankyou!
  10. 7 Christine Daniels 01 Jul
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  11. 6 Cberyl Knox 30 Jun
    I would love the chance to be considered for a host position. My passion, is home decor and I love giving people ideas in home decor, colors, styles, etc......Please let me know how to possibly apply for a host position. Thank You, Cheryl Knox
  12. 5 Leila 24 Jun
    Hello, my name is Leila and I am very interested working as a model. I have a lot of experience. Thank you, Leila Andico
  13. 4 Leila 24 Jun
    Hello, my name is Leila and I am very interested working as a model. I have a lot of experience. Thank you, Leila Andico
  14. 3 Rhonda Calhoun 18 Mar
    I just retired as a Medical Transcriptionist. I am 62 years old but am told I look much younger than my stated age. I would love to work at QVC as a model for clothes, hair or makeup, it has always been a dream of mine. You can see my picture on my link on the web or I can send a picture. Thank you.
  15. 2 Sharon 12 Mar
    Because Lisa Robertson left and they are scrambling to come up with something different and exciting to fill the evenings. First they put there solid hosts rotating thur the evenings and now they've hired a bunch of new people. One even looks like Lisa from a side view. Lisa was a one-of-a-kind. I didn't realize how much I trusted her judgement and comments till she left.
  16. 1 MaryLouise Alu Curto 12 Jan
    It would be a Great Honor to work at QVC! I would love to be a clothes model, makeup model or hair model. Please see photos of me on my Facebook Page: MaryLouise Alu Curto. I am 60 years young. Thank You for your consideration and time. MaryLouise Alu Curto 125 Deacon Drive Mercerville, NJ 08619 609-712-1607 mlcauthorillustrator@gmail.com

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