Do The Bachelor Contestants Actually Get Paid?

Do The Bachelor Contestants Actually Get Paid?

You’d think, for a majorly successful show like The Bachelor or Bachelorette, you’d be paid handsomely for your time inadvertently embarrassing yourself in front of millions of Americans. As it turns out, living in a mansion, traveling to beautiful destinations, having a crop of impossibly beautiful singles is prize enough! At least, in the eyes of producers.

Unlike its fellow reality television show counterparts, The Bachelor isn’t known for paying its contestants quite as fairly. At the end of the day, falling in love is the prize. And if you’re lucky, you won’t be eliminated first. Here’s what we know about how much money The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants get paid.

How much do The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants get paid?

If you appear on The Bachelor or Bachelorette you get…absolutely nothing. Yup. In fact, some contestants have shared that they’ve gone into debt to get ready for the show, as they’re expected to leave their jobs and buy their own clothes for the two months that they’re going to be filmed.

The women on The Bachelor also have to do their own hair and makeup, and it’s been estimated that female contestants spend about four times as much as the guys. Jillian Harris, who appeared on The Bachelor before she was named Season 5’s Bachelorette, even remortgaged her home so she would have enough money for the show. Others have cashed out their 401(k).

ABC does provide dresses for the two finalists for the finale episode, and contestants have talked about receiving goodie bags while on the show.

How much does the Bachelor/Bachelorette get paid per season?

If you’re lucky enough to get chosen as the title bachelor or bachelorette, you can expect to rake in about $100,000. According to Insider, it’s possible to negotiate more money; season 8 lead Emily Maynard was reportedly paid $250,000 for her season. That six-figure salary wasn’t always in place, as season 2 lead Meredith Philips said she only got $10,000 for her season, according to

Leads also get a free wardrobe while they’re on the show, and they have a stylist to help them craft their looks. They also get to keep the clothes at the end of their season.

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