Joel McHale Net Worth (Updated 2023) – Bio Overview

Joel McHale Net Worth and Income:

Joel McHale is an American comedian, actor, television host, producer, and writer from Rome, Italy who has a net worth of $14 million as of 2023.

He began his acting career back in 1996 with his role as Various in episodes of the local sketch-comedy television show Almost Live! produced by Seattle’s KING-TV (Channel 5). 

Since then he made a name for himself in the entertainment industry by appearing in numerous films and television series. Joel first came to the spotlight in 2004 when he made his film debut in the blockbuster superhero film titled Spider-Man 2.

In this film, he played the role of Mr. Jacks and earned recognition in the industry. From that point forward he started getting roles in some big projects but the turning point of his career came when he started hosting the popular E! channel series The Soup. He hosted the show from 2004 to 2015.

From 2009 to 2015 McHale gained national recognition for his role as Jeff Winger on the long-running NBC sitcom called Community.

Today Joel is one of the most prominent actors in the film industry and has established himself as one of the lead stars on TV. According to some online reports, McHale’s per episode salary is estimated at $60 thousand. 

His further appearances earned him fine notoriety in the entertainment business which include The Great Indoors, and Stargirl, as well as he hosted the reboot of the game show named Card Sharks. 

Joel appeared in some super hit movies such as Adult Beginners, Happily, Ted, The Informant, and The Big Year. Moreover, the actor has won numerous awards and nominations including Satellite Award and many more. 

Early Life:

Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, on the 20th of November 1971 to parents Jack and Laurie. Joel holds both Italian and American nationalities. His father Jack McHale used to work as the Dean of Students at Loyola University in Rome, while his mother was from Canada and was a housewife. 

Joel spent his childhood in Mercer Island, Washington before the family eventually settled in the United States. While growing up in Washington, Edward attended Mercer Island High School until 1991.

After graduating from high school he enrolled at the University of Washington where he graduated in 1995 and received a bachelor’s degree in History.

He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University after graduating from the Professional Actors training program. During his time there, he also participated in the Theta Chi fraternity for a short period. 

Joel McHale Net Worth:

NameJoel McHale
Net Worth$14 Million
Salary$60 Thousand Per Episode
Age50 years old
Date Of BirthNovember 20, 1971
ProfessionComedian, Actor,
Zodiac SignScorpio

Early Career:

McHale originally started his acting career back in 1993 when he became part of the improv comedy group at Unexpected Productions in which he participated in Theatersports! at the Market Theater in the famous Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, in which he appeared until 1997. 

He was still studying in college when Joel became one of the members of the improv comedy group at Unexpected Productions. Later from the University of Washington, he earned his MFA through the Professional Actors Training Program.

In 1996 he made his first TV show appearance in Almost Live! and then continued to become part of various television series. 


In 1998 Joel starred as Defendant in an episode of the television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, and followed that up with his roles in The Huntress, The Fugitive, Diagnosis: Murder, and played the role of Richard in the 2000s comedy-mystery Diagnosis: Murder. 

In 2001 he played the role of Ian in an episode of the television sitcom Will & Grace and then he returned to the series in 2020 with his other role as Phil. 

In 2004 McHale came to the spotlight when he was named to become the host of the popular satirical E! series The Soup. He started hosting the shoe which summarized several moments in modern pop culture with a sardonic edge and the show started getting millions of views in a short period. 

The popular show The Soup ran for more than 618 episodes and ended in 2015. Joel also has written and produced the show which earned him a lot of fame and wealth.

During that time he continued to play roles in several TV series and shows including the episodes of CSI: Miami (2005), Thank God You’re Here (2007), and Pushing Daisies (2007). 

TV Breakthrough:

McHale earned a lot of stardom in the television industry after being cast on the popular NBC sitcom Community in 2009. In this series, he got the lead role as the former lawyer Jeff Winger.

Slowly but surely this show became fans’ favorite and received critical acclaim from the critics. McHale starred in the Community for its 6 seasons until 2015. 

In 2011 he voiced the character of Norm Head Prototype in the musical animated series Phineas and Ferb and then starred in Sons of Anarchy in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 he again came up as a voice artist and worked in the animated Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja for its 5 episodes. 

McHale garnered a lot of fortune as a host and served in several popular shows including the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner as well as the award shows Independent Spirt, the ESPY Awards, and VGX Award. In 2015 he provided the voice of Alex in the animated BoJack Horseman.

Joel got the recurring role of Tad O’Malley in the American science fiction revival The X-Files in which he appeared from 2016 to 2018. From 2016 to 2017 the actor was booked for the 22 episodes of the CBS sitcom The Great Indoors in which he portrayed magazine publisher Jack Gordon. 

After getting enough success from appearing in numerous shows and television series, in 2018 McHale decided to debut his own show called The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale which began airing on Netflix. That show was all about interviews of celebrities with sketches and short clips concentrated on pop culture. 

From 2018 to 2019, Joel had a recurring role as Chris on the horror comedy series Santa Clarita Diet. In 2019 he appeared as himself in The Masked Singer and then as a guest judge in the reality RuPaul’s Drag Race. That same year he started hosting Card Sharks which was the reboot of the game show.

McHale then continued the appear in episodes of the other projects including Mr. Iglesias (2019), Medical Police (2020), Black-ish (2020), Dummy (2020), The Twilight Zone (2020), and played Doyle Bradford in the sitcom American Housewife in 2021. 

In 2021 Joel became the host as well as the executive producer of the competition series Crime Scene Kitchen. He became the series regular in the third season of the superhero series Stargirl.

Prior to this Joel played the recurring role of Sylvester Pemberton in the first and second seasons of the series. 

Film Work:

Joel McHale started his film career on the big screen with the superhero sequel Spider-Man 2 in 2004, in which he played the role of Mr. Jack. In the very next year, he got small roles in two films including Lords of Dogtown and Game Time. 

In 2006 he appeared in Mini’s First Time and followed this with his uncredited role as Office Worker in  The Onion Movie in 2008. As a voice artist, Joel made his debut in the animated sequel Open Season 2 in which he had his first leading role as the mule deer Elliot. 

In the following year, McHale became the cast of the biographical crime comedy film The Informant! in which he had notable support from FBI Agent Robert Herndon.

Along with that, in 2011, Joel was also subsequently several films such as Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, What’s Your Number?, as Barry Loomis in The Big Year. In 2012 he was part of the comedy film Ted

In the year 2014, it was announced that McHale would play Mark Reynolds, the ex-husband of Drew Barrymore’s role in the romantic comedy film Blended

That same year he had roles in films including Butler in supernatural horror Deliver Us from Evil, Hudson in Adult Beginners, and played Boyd Mitchler in the black comedy movie  Merry Friggin’ Christmas. 

4 years later, in 2018 McHale starred in 4 movies which include the black comedy Assassination Nation, biological comedy A Futile and Stupid Gesture, the biographical A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a cameo in action comedy Game Over, Man!, and the crime film The Happytime Murders. 

In 2020 Joel provided vocals for the character of Johnny Cage in the direct-to-video animated martial arts movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. He then appeared in Becky and Tom in the comedy thriller Happily.

In 2021 McHale reprised the role of Johnny Cage in the animated film Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms. In that same year, he played the role of Rick Kaminski in the comedy movie Queenpins. As of now, the actor is set to appear in the upcoming film California King. 

Awards & Nominations:


  • 2011s EWwy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for the sitcom Community.
  • 2012s TV Guide Award in the category of Favorite Ensemble for Community.
  • PAAFTJ Television Award and EWwy Award in 2012 for the Best Cast in a Comedy Series and Best Actor, Comedy respectively for his work in Community.


  • Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
  • Satellite Award in the Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy category.
  • TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble.
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program for his work in The Soup.


On July 20th, 1996, McHale married his girlfriend Sarah Williams and the two are currently living a luxurious lifestyle in the Hollywood Hills.

In 2005 they welcomed their first child a son named Edward “Eddie” Roy McHale. Later in March 2008 their second son, Isaac Hayden McHale was born.

McHale revealed in his 2018 interview with the podcast Armchair Expert, that he has the reading disorder following the diagnosis of his kids as dyslexic.

McHale likes to buy expensive watches and owns more than 12 luxury watches including the Ritmo Mundo watch as well as Bell & Ross military watch and many more. 

He likes to watch football in his free time and is a fan of The Seattle Seahawks which is a professional American football team. Along with this, he also supports the American professional Overwatch esports team named Los Angeles Gladiators

Politics interests:

Joel has been a supporter of the LGBT+ community and often attends a Presbyterian church. He has written a handcrafted gay-rights shirt while performing at the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

Earning Details:

  • Joel began his acting career back in 1996 and at the peak of his career, he earned more than $60,000 per episode while acting in the sitcom Community.
  • A lot of people want to know how much Joel McHale makes annually as the host of the popular show The Soup, his per year salary is $2 million. 
  • The Netflix show The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale began airing in 2018 which he hosted for its 19 episodes, also worked as a writer and executive producer. 
  • Joel has worked in some blockbuster movies and TV shows including Community, Deliver Us from Evil Butler, The Happytime Murders Agent Campbell, The Informant!, Ted Rex, and Love, Death & Robots. 

Joel McHale Career, Biography, Lifestyle

McHale House:

Joel has a net worth of $14 million and the actor is able to buy luxurious properties for himself and his family. McHale and his wife Sara spend $1.88 million on a lavish house which is located in one of the posh areas of the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The couple bought this house back in 2007 and they put the home on the market for $2.4 million in August of 2016. After almost one month they sold the house for $2.55 million. 

McHale owns another property located in Sammamish, Washington for which he spend a half million dollars in 2009. The family also spend a whopping $5.15 million on a gated mansion located in Studio City, California which they bought in late 2014. 

Joel McHale Net Worth:

As of 2023, Joel McHale Net Worth is estimated to be around $14 million. The actor has accumulated a lot of wealth since he rose to fame in the early 2000s.

Joel garnered a good amount of money through salaries from being the host of the most popular show The Soup and then appearing in Community. After discovering his net worth the first question that came to our mind is that how Joel McHale spent his money.

He has been working for organizations and donating cash to multiple charities such as the Friar’s Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, and Elton John AIDS Foundation. 

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Joel McHale's Net Worth is currently 14 million dollars.

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Joel McHale's per year income is more than $2 million.

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Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, on the 20th of November 1971, he is 51 years old.

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