How Much Does the Bachelor Make? Matt James’ Salary May Shock You. If you’re a member of Bachelor Nation, you may have wondered how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette make per episode or season as leads of the ABC franchise.
From Matt James to Hannah Brown to Peter Weber, there have been dozens of Bachelors and Bachelorettes over the years, and each of them has a different salary, depending on how good their lawyers are and when their season aired. (Though the Bachelor franchise is one of the most-watched TV shows now, it wasn’t until a couple seasons in that the series became the ratings monster we know today.) Still, while there are a lot of factors that determine a Bachelor or Bachelorette’s salary, most leads make around the same money because of a flat fee that ABC starts each Bachelor and Bachelorette at. (More on that later.)
So how much do the Bachelor and the Bachelorette get paid? Read on to find out the salaries of some your favorite Bachelor Nation stars. (Click here to read about how much Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants make.)
How much do the Bachelor and the Bachelorette make?
According to Reality Steve, the current standard rate for Bachelors and Bachelorettes is $100,000. Though we can’t know for sure, this means that many of our recent favorite leads (Ben Higgins, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Rachel Lindsay) likely made around $100K for their seasons, which isn’t bad for two months worth of work. Still, though most Bachelors and Bachelorettes make at least $100,000 these days, that wasn’t always the case. And, like most jobs, there are some Bachelors and Bachelorettes who have been able to negotiate more money than their peers. Though we don’t know all of them, read about the Bachelor and Bachelorette salaries we know ahead.
Emily Maynard — The Bachelorette, Season 8
Emily, who was the season 8 Bachelorette in 2012, is often cited as one of the highest-paid Bachelors or Bachelorettes. In Touch reported at the time that Emily, thanks to intense negotiations, was paid to star as the lead of The Bachelorette, which was more than any other Bachelor or Bachelorette at the time. “The producers have completely changed the format this season in order to meet Emily’s demands,” a source told In Touch at the time.
In Touch also reported that Emily was also specific about the type of men she wanted on her season. “She wanted only the best-looking, most mannered guys,” the source said. “She’s whittling it down to a handful of candidates who she will spend a lot more time with. If she doesn’t like a guy, he’s gone.”
Meredith Phillips — The Bachelorette, Season 2
As one of the first Bachelorettes, Meredith’s salary wasn’t much. She starred as the season 2 Bachelorette in 2004. In Bachelor reporter Amy Kaufman’s 2018 book, Bachelor Nation, Kaufman reports that Meredith was paid $10,000 for her time as the Bachelorette more than a decade ago. The salary is about a tenth of what leads make today. In the book, Kaufman writes that it would be “incredibly rare for someone to make less than six figures” today.
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