Sunday, May 5th, 2013

The Real Housewives’ Salaries Revealed! How Much Do The Housewives Get Paid?

The Real Housewives of Orange County debuted in March of 2006 and since then has become a pop culture phenomenon. OK Magazine is revealing how much the women get paid to bring the drama to Bravo! And the top earners might surprise you!

NeNe Leakes

Real Housewives of Atlanta Star, NeNe Leakes, brings home the biggest Bravo paycheck, after just signing a $1 million deal plus bonuses for Season 6! RHOA premiered in October of 2008 and NeNe is the only original Housewife left in Atlanta.

  • Kandi Burruss makes $450,000
  • Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks make $300,000

Teresa GiudiceT

The next highest paid lady is Real Housewives of New Jersey Star, Teresa Giudice! RHONJ premiered in May 2009, and Teresa is currently bringing in $650,000 plus bonuses, a Season, making her NJ’s top earner!

  • Caroline Manzo makes $400,000
  • Melissa Gorga makes $350,000
  • Jacqueline Laurita makes $275,000

Ramona Singer & LuAnn de Lesseps

The Real Housewives of New York debuted in March of 2008, and the highest earners are the two original ladies who have been on the show since Season 1. Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. Ramona and LuAnn both earn $500,000 plus bonuses per Season.

  • Sonja Morgan makes $220,000
  • Aviva Drescher makes $200,000
  • Heather Thomson makes $175,000

Vicki Gunvalson

Vicki Gunvalson is THE original Real Housewife. Since The Real Housewives of Orange County is the original city in the Franchise, and Vicki is the only original Housewife in the OC, you think she would be a top earner! But after 8 Seasons, Vicki brings home $500,000 plus bonuses per Season! Still, not too shabby.

  • Gretchen Rossi makes $375,000
  • Tamra Barney makes $325,000
  • Alexis Bellino makes $175,000

Lisa Vanderpump

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuted in October of 2010 and quickly earned high ratings! Lisa Vanderpump is BH’s top earner making $350,000 plus bonuses a Season.

  • Kyle Richards makes $225,000
  • Brandi Glanville just got a nice raise of $175,000


Finally, The Real Housewives of Miami premiered in February 2011, and the show has 3 top earners! Adriana de Moura, Marysol Patton, and Joanna Krupa all make $55-75,000 per Season, the magazine reports.

What do YOU think of these salaries?

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25 thoughts on “The Real Housewives’ Salaries Revealed! How Much Do The Housewives Get Paid?

  1. Deborah Brenner

    Brandi should be making more than Kyle. She brings the interest without the ugliness. Kyle just isn’t either interesting or likeable anymore for most of us.

    1. Lola

      Why should Brandi be making more money for being a lying, screaming back stabbing whiner? She brings nothing but HATE to the show! Her divorce drama is the ONLY THING she has going for her……PERIOD

    2. GeorgiaPeach

      SPEAK FOR YOURSELF LADY, totally disagree! I cannot stand Brandi being on the show, shes annoying and adds nothing!!! I really like Kyle, love to watch her!

      1. DebBrenn

        GeorgiaPeach, I believe I did speak for myself when I posted my opinion right below my name. These women get dropped from the shows for being boring, and they know it, so if they aren’t fabulously wealthy, extraordinarily funny, or incredibly charismatic it tends to make them outrageous and confrontational trying to hold on to the job. It does give us the lowest common denominator more often than not, as I can’t name more than a couple with the attributes that make them interesting to watch.

        1. Anonymous

          Personally, I think Miami, Orange County and Beverly Hills all need to be dropped. I only watch the Atl Housewives, but I do know people who occasionally watch NJ and NY. Miami, OC, and Beverly Hills are too boring and rachet!!!

    3. Anonymous

      I believe in seniority and Kyle was there before Brandi, although I c what you mean about the drama Brandi brings which in return brings ratings. however Kyle interests viewers ad well

  2. bubba-boy

    I think the fans favorite housewives winner should make the most money!!!!! That is what each housewives salary should be based on each season.

    1. Debbie

      Bravo does not pay attention to polls. They base salary on senority and contract negotiations. They also look at the ratings.

      1. Deborah Brenner

        Seniority? I don’t think so. It’s show business and it’s all about the ratings. And what are ratings but another word for “polls.”

  3. sharon

    omg, I would think that Tamra will get jealous and pick a fight with Gretchen because she makes more money than her. Why is Gretchen making that much money anyway? She is not worth it.

    1. LadieeTee

      I’m shocked that she doesn’t!!! Or Vicki doesn’t either. Their the originals and Vicki on the show that started it all!!

  4. DESHA



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