How Much Do Reality Stars Make?

reality stars incomeIt doesn’t matter what channel your telly happens to be turned to–reality television is everywhere.

There’s countless hours of cat fights, tables being pushed over and other memories being made––on almost every channel offered.

Whether all those hours are worth watching, or if they can be considered as entertainment, is up to you.

Here’s a collection of reality stars and their income to give you an idea of how much it pays to be famous…at least if it’s only for fifteen minutes.

1. Bethenny Frankel––The 40-year-old “it” girl of reality stars.

reality stars real housewives of new york income

Net Worth: $100 $25 Million (see lawsuit below)

Known For: “The Real Housewives of New York”

Pay: $30,000-40,000 Per Episode

Age: 40

This classy broad, of the reality stars, definitely wins the prize for best utilization of  her 15 minutes of fame and not just because she’s a feisty fox from the Bronx, but because she saw an opportunity and clawed at it.

One of the more clever reality stars, because she used her 15-minutes to cash in (Skinnygirl Cocktail line).

P.S. Reality stars get sued: Recently, a lawsuit was launched by Los Angeles based Raw Talent against the housewife for $100 million dollars. Apparently they wanted a chunk of her money (that she apparently owed). At least she still has a couple million left.

While we’re on the subject––Lil’ Bethenny and the entire NY Housewives gang:

real housewives of new york city income

These classy ladies have nothing to complain about because they all receive at least $30,000 per episode on the Real Housewives of New York. I don’t know about you, but I’d be willing to smash a few Yankees with tables/chairs/etc. for that price!

2. Donald Trump––The ‘humblest’ of reality stars.

reality stars Donald trump

Net Worth: $2.9 Billion

Known For: “The Apprentice,” His Hair, etc. etc.

Pay: Around $100,000 Per Episode

Age: 64

This supercilious businessman is in need of no assistance in the tooting of his horn (with or without his reality stars status symbol), he lets the entire world know that, if he doesn’t approve of you, he’ll not hesitate to wisp his hair to-and-fro while shouting; “you’re fired!”

Apparently, America can’t get enough of this boisterous character, but thankfully, he announced he will not be running for president in 2012 (I know, very disappointing).

3. Kim Kardashian––AKA: Miss new booty..

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Net Worth: $35 Million

Known For: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Having a Large Substructure and Being Promiscuous.

Pay: $40,000 Per Episode

Age: 30

Kim Kardashian has worked very hard to get where she’s at, but it could be argued that she went a little too far to become who she is today. Kim started off as an assistant to the stars, began working her way up until finally becoming a ‘celebrity’ when her sex tape went public.

There’s no denying Kim Kardashian is one savvy businesswoman and it’s no secret she’s one of the most popular reality stars out there, but do you think she’s gone too far (e.g. sex tape, getting married for a few months, etc.)?

4. Brody Jenner––The man’s man (of reality stars of course).

reality stars brody jenner

Net Worth: $6 Million

Known For: “The Hills,” Modeling and Club Appearances

Pay: $40,000 for appearances on “The Hills”and between 10&20K for showing up at clubs.

Age: 27

Before you start freaking out about him being on this list because he’s outdated, I just wanted to point out how easy it is for Mrs. Avril Lavigne to make money.

What intrigues me about this modern day Ken is the fact that he wasn’t even an official cast member of the teenage soap opera “The Hills” and yet he was still paid more than the cost of my college tuition, just for appearing on the show!

To make you feel even greener with envy, I’ll add salt to the wound by letting you know that the “Prince of Malibu”-his nick-name in Cali after the failed realty shows, starring him [with the same title], gets between $10,000 and $20,000 just for going clubbing.

The Hills––Just for kicks, remember Kristin Cavallari?

Kristin-Cavallari reality stars income

Well, she was reportedly paid a comfortable $1 million for doing the return season of the Hills. Now that’s a reason to smile.

5. Kate Gosselin––America’s #1 mom.

kate-gosselin reality stars

Net Worth: $5 Million

Known For: Jon & Kate Plus 8 & Dancing with the Stars

Pay: $250,000 Per Episode

Age: 36

This feisty momma will incinerate anything that gets in her way, even if you have to be her husband––I don’t know what all you’ve seen, but based on what I’ve witnessed, Kate needs to go to bitch-rehab.

Kate is currently working on “Kate Plus 8” and most likely working on another book, hoping that this one will do better than her previous three, one of them titled; “Eight Little Faces”–yeah..that sounds like a horror movie that has something to do with baby spiders.

Hopefully, this mother of 8 (little faces) will take some time out of her busy schedule and remember those 8 little faces have needs too, like eating and stuff. Reality stars need to reevaluate their priorities, at least this one does. 

UPDATED: Kate Plus 8 is no more, Kate got a job at an online coupon agency, but continues to make money doing random things.

6. The Cast of the Jersey Shore––America’s model citizens.

reality stars the jersey shore income

Even if you can’t stand the Jersey shore, I bet you’re curious as to how much they make/made during their 15-minutes of fame:

Season 1: $5,000 Per Episode (each)

Season 2: $10,000 Per Episode (each)

Season 3: $30,000 Per Episode (Snooki, Pauly D and The Situation)

Snooki receives a minimum of $20,000 for red carpet appearances and was once paid $11,000 just for showing up at a New Jersey tanning salon for 2 hours.

Pauly D earns approximately $80,000 a week from DJ-ing and is reported to charge $40,000 per gig.

You can read the entire article from the New York Post.

7. The Cast of Teen Mom––Have babies, get money.

reality stars teen mom income

For a long time, the reality stars of Teen Mom were able to keep their salaries under-wraps, but we all know that’s impossible to do forever.

Initially it was reported that all four Teen Mom stars picture above (Top left: Amber Portwood, top right: Farrah Abraham, bottom left: Catelynn Lowell, bottom right: Maci Bookout) received between $60,000 and $65,000 per season.

However, when Amber Portwood was in court for her assault charges, it was revealed that she received $140,000 every six months for being on the reality show.

These reality stars may have it hard with family, legal and other problems, but hopefully they’ll be somewhat smart with their cash and spend it on da babies!

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  1. Hilarious!! I love to hate reality TV too, and i love being like, “What? Who’s that?” whenever reality stars names are mentioned. I think it’s partly because I don’t have the time and energy for SOMEONE ELSE’S drama!! People who do must have no life or be overly addicted to drama… haha, I’m not judgemental…

    And loved the whole assessment of Kim K. :)

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  6. how much does the cast from jerseylicious make?

    • Hey Mary! I couldn’t find the exact numbers, but it’s somewhere between $6,000 and $20,000 per episode, but that doesn’t really tell you much. If I find more information out, I will add it on! :)

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  9. Boy TV really pays, huh. I don’t have a problem with the big paychecks, but I don’t like when celebrities preach to you about giving your money to some cause, when you’re not sure if they are doing it themselves, and you know that their one paycheck is more than most of us will ever make in our lifetimes(combined). That would be a cool post…finding out how much they give, and what percentage of their income that is, compared to the average person they are preaching to;)
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