Gretchen Carlson net worth and salary: Gretchen Carlson is an American television host with an estimated net worth of $2.5 million dollars and annual salary of $800 thousand. Born in Anoka, Minnesota, Gretchen Carlson was an accomplished violinist and won numerous music awards throughout her elementary and high school years. She also went on to win the Miss America title in 1988, where her talent was performing on the violin. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Sociology. She began working in broadcasting in the mid-90s, serving as a political reporter and anchor for stations in Richmond, Virginia, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas. She subsequently began working for CBS News as a correspondent in 2000. This led to a job on the CBS program, "The Early Show", two years later. She began working on "Fox & Friends" as a substitute host, and then became a full co-host in 2006. She has remained with the show since then.