I never imagined Mean Gene earning that much
... I wonder how much the likes of Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler etc earned in comparison (between 1998 & 2002)
In his best year, JR earned $782,959.
But don't forget, he was an EVP for the WWE at one point, in charge of talent relations - he only became "just" a commentator in 2004 (at which point, his earnings likely halved).
Jerry Lawler's best year as an announcer was $500,000 per year (+ first class travel and accommodation + and he was allowed to make appearances for independent companies providing they didn't interfere with his WWE duties).
This is small fry though, relatively speaking, to what he would make when he owned the Memphis wrestling territory in the 70s - as a wrestler AND a promoter, he was earning between $100-$200k per year which in today's money is equivalent to $600k-$1.2m per year.