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How Much Does It Pay To Be The Real Housewives?

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Real Housewives salaries

We all know that the cast of The Jersey Shore cleans up every season, but what about America's second favorite reality television franchise?

In theory, the Real Housewives on the hit Bravo series should already be rich, but they're still making a pretty penny for sinking their claws into each other every season.

Sources have revealed how much cast members from various installments make every year and some of the numbers on those paychecks are HUGE!

Real Housewives of Orange County's Vicki Gunvalson has been with the series the longest and, as a result, is making $450,000 a season! In stark contrast, newcomer Heather Dubrow is only making $30,000.

Although the series began out here on the west coast, the real money is back east. Our gurl NeNe Leakes is the top earner and takes home $750,000 per season, but that number could easily rise to $1 million by next season!

Find out what some of your other favorite cast members rake in per season … AFTER THE JUMP!

The Real Housewives of Orange County:

Tamra Barney - $350,000
Gretchen Rossi - $300,000
Alexis Bellino - $200,000

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:

Lisa Vanderpump - $250,000
Adrienne Maloof - $200,000
Kyle Richards - $200,000
Taylor Armstrong - $175,000
Brandi Glanville - $125,000
Kim Richards - $100,000
Yolanda Hadid - $100,000

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Bravo has confirmed these numbers are inaccurate! Whomp Whomp..

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14 comments to “How Much Does It Pay To Be The Real Housewives?”

  1. marsha says – reply to this


    WOW i thought the salaries would be more even for the ones that started at the same time like the BH ladies. Why does Lisa make the most? And why does Kim make the same as a newbie? Maybe because she was a no show sooooo much the other seasons but still??? And wow what a huge jump of salary for what NeNe is making compared to the others!! I just wonder how they come up with these varied amounts?! For some reason i just thought they were all making so much more!

  2. 2

    Housewives of OC is the best. Hate all the other housewives shows.

  3. 3

    It's really not that much in the grand scheme of things. 300,000 a season (pretty much per year…) is NOTHING in the lives that they lead.

  4. ladeed says – reply to this


    So not true!! When I was involved in the payroll/finances, albeit very peripherally, they were each making between $70,00 & $80,000 a season. Not one of them does it for the money but for the publicity/fame/celebrity whatever you want to call it. The real cash is made in the plugging of their businesses and the personal appearance fees they make when the season is over. Perez where the heck are you getting your info from???

  5. serrona says – reply to this


    …and I have heard that in the founding original series (OC) the ladies made $0!! So Vicki must feel pretty dam good. OC has been so crazy great this season.

  6. 6

    OC was the best of the RH, especially in the beginning because they were actual long time friends. Andy Cohen and the shows producers make a mistake when they think that the public wants to watch endless drama and fighting. They don't! RH of NY didn't work, because the women on the show were such wanna b's! And NJ was an embarrassment to Italian Americans. But the absolute WORST of the RH has to be Vancouver. Scripted, and awful! That show is pure POISON, who would watch a second episode?

  7. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    The Real Housewives of Orange County is the best…particulary the first three years. It is really representative of a time in America…how many of those gals, after living such lavish life-styles, had their homes in foreclosure … ? Cinema (or t.v.) verite ! ,)

  8. 8

    NeNe is a bad bitch. Dragging these botoxic bitches.

  9. Cabogirl says – reply to this


    Yet the all cry poor and file bankruptcy? Disgusting!

  10. 10

    Re: Cabogirl – Very well said, exactly my thoughts!

  11. 11

    Kim Richards should be makeing more money! She is under paid!

  12. 12

    This is wrong. I don't know where you get your information, Nene doesn't make anywhere close to 750K.

  13. danicali says – reply to this


    I kinda thought it'd be a little more even, myself. I agree with the posting(s) that in their reality it isn't that much and is more about branding, recognition, etc. When an cry poverty, etc., it's simply all relative. When my savings is under a certain amount because I had to tap into it for bills because it's a bad week/month, I feel upset. I DO try to think of those that have less, not from their own making, and get brought back down to earth, however-not that I have ever been independently as wealthy as any of the above housewives at this particular junction in their lives! P.S., and make of it what you will, but I love Tamra! Why does everyone think she's such a bad girl/bi-otch? She's a bit damaged and immature seemingly, but I think she is funny and tries to be optimistic…

  14. Cassandra says – reply to this


    Making the rich even richer, because that makes a whole lot of fucking sense.
    it's no wonder there are so many people struggling to get by. These whores already live in mansions and have like 20 fancy ass cars, yet they pay them another 300,000 or so a year to show it all off on television.