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Melissa Gorga continually deals with a ton of drama on Real Housewives of New Jersey. However, she also gets paid handsomely for her troubles, as a new report states that she is one of the country's highest-paid reality stars. 

Business Insider has posted its list of the 23 highest-paid reality stars, based on their earnings in 2013, and Melissa ranked at number 20. According to a figure cited by OK! Magazine, Melissa raked in an impressive $350,000 last year. Way to go, M!

So how did Melissa earn all that moolah? Well, in addition to her RHoNJ salary, she also pulled in big money for her book, Love Italian Style

And how does Melissa compare to her castmates? Teresa Giudice is actually the only other Jersey Housewife on the list, landing at number 16 with a reported $650,000 annual salary. Teresa is the second-highest paid Housewife, behind NeNe Leakes's $1 million salary. As you know, Teresa and husband Joe will soon be heading to court over fraud charges.

But all of the Real Housewives stars pale in comparison to the number-one reality star on the list. That would be X Factor judge Simon Cowell, who reportedly pulled in a whopping $95 million in 2013. No big deal.

Are you surprised by how much Melissa made? 

Source: Business Insider