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  • First NameRick Steves
  • Net Worth$ 10 million
  • CareerAuthor

How Much Is Rick Steves’ Net Worth?

Veteran American author and television personality Rick Steves is a prominent figure in the American travel literature and TV show scene. Steves’ Net Worth is $10 million as of January 2020. 

His works, especially covering traveling Europe, have made him a well-renowned star. His career as a public figure in the traveling industry took off after releasing his first special edition book “Europe Through the Back Door.”

His shows on TV include Travels in Europe with Steves from 1991 to 1998 and Rick Steves’ Europe, which aired from 2000-2018. His contribution to the field of travel in the travel genre got him the Independent Publisher Book Award for Travel – Essay

What Are His Income Sources? Salary, Career & Earnings

Award-winning writer Rick Steves started his career as a travel teacher at The Experimental College. He also worked as a tour guide during this time. His career took a turn for the better after releasing the book titled “Europe Through the Back Door”

$10 million worth Steves enjoys has amassed a net worth of $10 million
Travel industry ace Rick Steves is worth $10 million   Image Source: GPB

The revenues and royalties from his books contribute substantially to his income and net worth. In addition to this, he also earns from his TV shows. In fact, according to various online sources, these TV shows have contributed immensely to making him worth $10 million.

Although the exact figures of his salary are not known according to Areavibes, the median income for homeowners in his hometown is around $95,138 per year. In a similar fashion, the average salary for TV hosts is around $49,480 a year as per data from Study. 

He also owns a travel company that offers tours all over the world; they charge anywhere $1,895 to $2,295, excluding airfare for a 7-day trip to Rome. Other tours and their costs are listed below

Tour Package Cost
Rome 7 days $1,895 to $2,295
Venice, Florence, & Rome $2,495 to $3,395
Heart Of Italy $2,395 to $2,895
Best Of Paris$1,795 to $2,295
Belgium$3,295 to $3,595
Munich, Salzburg, & Vienna $2,495 to $2,895
Germany, Austria & Switzerland $3,795 to $4,195

Career: Tours, Travel Guides, Books

Steves has also hosted many travel documentaries; he hosted his first documentary in 1995 titled Travels in Europe with Rick Steves.  

Similarly, he starred in various documentaries such as “Travel the World: Great Britain – London Daytrips, North England (1998),” “Travel the World: Switzerland – Berner Alps, Western Switzerland (1997)”, “Travel the World: Spain – Toledo and Madrid, Seville and Andalusia (1997)” etc. 

He has also made appearances in some well-known TV shows like American Dad! And in 2019, he made a guest appearance on Pop Life. 

Rick’s TV Movie documentary Rick Steves’ Iran, which came out in 2009, also has a huge fan base. 

Where Does The Author Reside?   

Rick lives in his hometown in Edmonds, Washington, the USA, where the average cost for a house ranges from as low as $390,000 to more than $1,000,000.

Steves has an expensive house in Edmonds
Steves throwing a party at his lavish house in Edmonds   Image Source: Rick Steves Blog

Similarly, the tax rate for a home costing around $390,000 is $3,717 per year, which is about 0.953%. Washington doesn’t have a personal income tax, but the people of this state are the second-highest sales taxpayers in the USA.   


Rick Steves is actively involved in charity and activism all over the world. His goal is reflected in his organization, and he uses travel as a platform to spread social and political messages.

Rick Steves has used travel as a platform to promote political and social issues
Rick Steves has used travel as a platform to promote political and social issues   Image Source: Rick Steves.Com

He is also actively involved in bringing drug -policy reform to the US, inspired by European policies. 

To add to this, he also makes it a goal for the employees of his company to engage in various philanthropic activities. He is also actively involved in helping homeless people. 

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Rick Steves’ Personal Life

Rick Steves was born on May 10, 1955, to Dick Steves and June Erna Steves and grew up alongside sister Jan Stevens in Barstow, California, the U.S. His mother passed away in 2012, and his father passed away on November 5, 2018. 

Steves with his family on a vacation
Steves with his family on a vacation    Image Source: WPT Blog

He is 64 years as of January 2020 and is 6 feet (183 cm) tall. Regarding Steves’ education, he studied at the University of Washington.    

Rick’s current relationship status is not known; however, he was married in the past to Anne Steves. He tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend at St Thomas of Villanova. 

The marriage blessed him with two children, Andy Steves, and Jackie Steves. The couple divorced in 2010 and have kept the reasons for their separation a secret.