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It definitely pays to be on reality TV, and for the ladies of Real Housewives of New Jersey, it pays a lot. Now while these ladies may earn extra income from their own business ventures we see on the show, the RHoNJ cast also receives a hefty check for their appearance during the season.

OK magazine reports that Caroline Manzo, who co-owns Brownstone catering and events with husband Al, earns $400,000 for being on the show. We can only imagine that Caroline will be raking in a lot more dough now that her book, Let Me Tell You Something, has officially launched.

Songbird Melissa Gorga, earns a reported $350,000, which she will undoubtedly be investing in her singing career, and Jacqueline Laurita, who recently denied the reported financial troubles (including back taxes and their house in pre-foreclosure) she and hubby Chris were going through, makes only $275,000.

As for table-flipping, formerly bankrupt Teresa Giudice? She’s the top earner of the show blowing all these ladies’ paychecks out the water with a reported $650,000! And that’s not to mention the additional money Teresa gets from the sale of her four cookbooks, Milania hair care line, and Fabellini beverages!

Looks like Tre is bankrupt, no more!

For more H’wives star earnings, check out OK magazine for the scoop!

Source: OK magazine