How much do the stars of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette get paid? Do the contestants make any money at all? It's hard not to wonder.
Unfortunately, there hasn't been a definitive answer to this burning query, though many reports suggest that the Bachelor and Bachelorettes can make up to six figures to star in their seasons. The contestants, on the other hand, might not be so lucky.
For example, it has been rumored that Ali Fedotowsky raked in six figures as Season 6's Bachelorette, while Ed Swiderski, the winner of Season 5 of The Bachelorette, told Us Weekly that he made a big fat zero dollars as one of Jillian's suitors. Surprised?
When Reality Steve speculated as to why Ali quit her job to be the Bachelorette after leaving The Bachelor for work, he wrote, "If I had to guess, I'd say it's a little different being one of the 25, then it is having an eight-week, nationally televised show watched by millions of people focused solely on you." And if she was actually making some money, then it's even more understandable that she opted to sideline her job at Facebook in favor of finding love on the small screen. Meanwhile, Emily Maynard was reportedly the highest-paid Bachelorette, netting $250,000 for Season 8. Sean Lowe, on the other hand, reportedly "only" made between $75,000 and $90,000. So far, there are no rumors about exactly how much Juan Pablo will be raking in (though he isn't exactly hurting in the money department, anyway).
Although the contestants may not make anything on the show, it certainly pays to win — and stay with your Bachelor or Bachelorette. 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 appear 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."
Trista and Ryan are also proof that it's worth it to make it down the aisle: ABC reportedly paid them a cool $1 million in 2003 to televise their wedding, and subsidized the over-the-top ceremony. Given that, it's highly likely that Jason and Molly said their I do's in front of the cameras for a tidy sum, though an exact figure has not been released.
Basically, it pays to star in The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but it's only worth it to be a contestant if you're pretty damn sure you're gonna win the Bachelor or Bachelorette's heart (or you're ready to make yourself memorable — ahem, Rozlyn). Or, you know, if you're genuinely looking for love.