Well, maybe it is worth living your life on camera and, for some, making a complete fool of yourself on television, for this kind of dough. And after seeing some of these salaries, it makes you almost sympathetic (I said almost) for The Real Housewives of New Jersey who want a raise from a piddly $3,000 per episode to $6,000. See what their New York counterparts take home, as well as Dancing With the Stars contestants and other popular reality show salaries.
Real Housewives of New York City: They’ve worked their way up to $30,000 per episode. That’ll buy a lot of pinot grigio.
The Hills: $65,000 to $100,000 per episode depending on their importance. Spencer Pratt was on the lower end, while wife Heidi Montag was toward the top.
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Back when they were one, big happy family, they collectively pulled in $75,000 per episode.
Celebrity Rehab: Nothing like luring a drug addict with lots of cash. Those willing to detox on camera make $200,000 for the season. Plus of course free counseling courtesy of Dr. Drew.
Big Brother: Contestants only bring in $750 (that’s ONE zero folks) per episode, but they have the potential to win $500,000 as the last one standing.
Dancing With the Stars: In general, celebrity dancers are offered $125,000 for the season with bonuses ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 as they progress each week. The finalist gets an extra $100,000. Something tells me big names might be offered more to bring in viewers.
Jersey Shore: Something about the fact that people named Snooki and The Situation make $30,000 per episode is profoundly disturbing.
The Osbournes: By the end of their run, the family as a whole was raking in $1 million for the season.