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How much do the stars of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette get paid? Do the contestants make any money at all? To be honest, we’re not really going to know until someone comes forward and shares their tax forms. However, the general answer seems to be that the actual Bachelors and Bachelorettes make upwards of six figures — although there’s some debate there, too. 

Last year, Us Weekly claimed Bachelorette Ashley Hebert only made $30,000 for her work on Season 7, as opposed to the usual salary in the $100,000 range. In comparison, The Bachelor Season 13’s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney reportedly got the same $30K just for televising their two-hour wedding on ABC in March 2010. We won’t even get into the reported $1 million that Trista and Ryan Sutter raked in for televising their wedding in 2003.

However, Spoiler King Reality Steve shot down that report, writing “I’m sorry, but Ashley would have to be the worst negotiator in the history of negotiations if she ever accepted that gig for $30k. What a horrible story. US Weekly actually believes the stuff they print? Ashley made over $100k for this season of the Bachelorette, which is standard.”

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Emily Maynard must have broken the mold then, because she reportedly banked $250,000 for her appearance as Season 8's Bachelorette.

Contestants, on the other hand, reportedly aren't paid, but if they win (and stay with their respective Bachelor or Bachelorette), it can be pretty lucrative. In an interview with In Touch, Season 4's Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas said, "Hours after my finale, I was bombarded with offers for endorsements, special appearances, and more. But the catch was they wanted both me and my fiance [Jesse Csincsak]."

Four months following the final rose ceremony and proposal, DeAnna and Jesse broke up — and offers for $10,000 for both to appear at a nightclub and $5,000 for them to show up at a mall rolled in. "If Jesse and I stayed together, we could have easily cashed in," DeAnna continued. "But for me, it felt like selling out."

Bachelor alumni also have a history of turning their noteriety into gigs on other reality shows. To date, three have gone on to compete on Dancing With the StarsAccording to competitor Shawn Johnson's contract, a gig on DWTS pays a six-figure base salary, plus weekly bonuses for each week a contestant appears on the show. 

In summation, it pays to star on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but the amount varies greatly depending on whether your are the Bachelor or Bachelorette, or simply a contestant vying for their affection. And the length and memorability of their appearances definitely affect contestants' earning potential. That said, it's not a sure meal ticket, so if you're going to appear as a contestant on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, your primary goal should probably be love.

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