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Pay Scale For Reality Hosts & Stars

August 24, 2011 10:00 AM by Ryan Haidet

Just how rich are they?  How much will Simon Cowell make for The X Factor?  What about Survivor host Jeff Probst?  How much does he make?  Ever wonder how good a gig it is to be host of America’s Got Talent?  Well, we’ve got a breakdown of how much cash the heavy hitters on reality television rake in for their involvement with our favorite shows.  Read on to see how big their paydays are!

The pay scale breakdown was featured in a recent issue of TV Guide Magazine.  It shows that Simon Cowell is at the top of the list bringing in $75 million per season for The X Factor (including producer fee).  Right below Cowell is his former co-worker, Ryan Seacrest.  He’s bringing in $15 million per season to host American Idol.  Compared to those two money-making giants, Paula Abdul is making pennies (haha) for her role on The X Factor.  TV Guide’s report shows her making $2.5 million per season.

Chef Gordon Ramsay is paid $225,000 per episode of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.  Not too bad considering an entire season of Hell’s Kitchen is filmed within a short period of time.

Survivor host Jeff Probst is definitely making life in the wilderness worthwhile.  He’s making $200,000 per episode, according to TV Guide.

Phil Keoghan, host of the Amazing Race is making $100,000 per episode, while Tom Bergeron, host of Dancing With The Stars, is cashing in $150,000 per episode.

Here are some of the other pay rates as featured in TV Guide Magazine:

  • Gene Simmons of Family Jewels: $125,000 per episode
  • Snooki of Jersey Shore: $100,000 per episode
  • Nick Cannon and Howie Mandel of America’s Got Talent: $70,000 (each) per episode
  • Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance: $60,000 per episode
  • Chris Harrison of The Bachelor: $60,000 per episode
  • Carson Daly of The Voice: $40,000 per episode
  • Cast members of Teen Mom: Between $3,000 and $5,000 per episode

What are your thoughts on these pay rates?  Are you surprised by any of them?  Sound off and leave us a comment below!

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Topics: ABC Reality TV Shows, Amazing Race, America's Got Talent, American Idol, CBS Reality TV Shows, Dancing With the Stars, FOX Reality TV Shows, Gordon Ramsay, Hell's Kitchen, Jersey Shore, Kitchen Nightmares, NBC Reality TV Shows, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, Teen Mom, The Bachelor, The Voice, The X Factor |

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7 Responses to “Pay Scale For Reality Hosts & Stars”

  1. Lisa Princ Says:
    August 24th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Not surprised to see Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest at the top of the list, they are probably two of the richest men out there. Gordon Ramsay and Jeff Probst don’t surprise me either – for some reason I thought they earned around the same. What does surprise me is that Snooki is making more than Chris Harrison, Cat Deeley, Nick Cannon or Howie Mandel…that is just wrong on so many levels!

  2. Sandy Foley Says:
    August 26th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I think they all make a nice amount of money. Thet also have other income like Ryan Seacrest and others. What do they do with all the money they receive. I bet Gordon Ramsey makes more than that he owns 20 resturants. Wouldn’t that be great. Hes a smart man when it comes to food.As far as like Snooke etc. The movie stars make more probably. Fin to watch or even what about Big Brother?

  3. mrsj Says:
    October 20th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    How does Ryan Seacrest make more than the judges on American Idol? That doesn’t seem right to me…

  4. Patricia Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    WOW! Does overpaid qualify as a comment? Hope they are good citizens and spend most of the $$ here, in the US: good for the economy…still it baffles me to think anybody’s time/qualifications can be worth that much (i.e. Tom Bergeron)!!!

  5. Cheryl Says:
    November 24th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    These salaries aren’t nearly as outrageous as those of athletes. At least people lie Simon, Gordon, etc. give us, the viewers, something pleasurable!

  6. Corinne Says:
    May 13th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Extremely overpaid. Ridiculously overpaid. No good reason to be paid that much. Makes me ill.

  7. mahituna Says:
    February 28th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    so what are the to be paid? what YOU think is right? when was the last time you told your boss to keep your raise? how many people can work at the mall? how many can play major league sports? it’s supply and demand. if you owned one of the most collectible car in the world and decided to sell it would you sell it for the price of a 2000 Camry? No. and don”t lie. Now some pudnut would write “no car is worth that much”.


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