Do You Believe These Salaries? And Which Real Housewife Earns The Most?

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 Cast

Everyone is always trying to figure out which Real Housewives earn the most! Who is bringing home the most bacon per franchise – and the biggest question: who is the highest earner of them all? We’ve heard a lot of varying reports, but here comes another one speculating about the Housewives salaries. 

Desperate to restore Real Housewives Of New York, Bravo tried to attract former supermodels and celebrity chefs to the franchise, but had to settle for Bethenny Frankel instead. In exchange, the network is rumored to have agreed to pay her $1 million + bonuses depending on the 7th season’s success.



This deal is pissing off Bethenny’s co-stars, some of whom accepted pay cuts to accommodate her salary demands, because Bethenny has become a major into a diva who she does nothing but complain and make things difficult for the other ladies. Ouch. I smell a gang-up… 

Without a doubt NeNe Leakes is out-earning everyone else say sources. The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star played coy about whether or not she pulled in a whopping $1.5 million dollars for season 7  – and actually hinted she earns more! RHOA earns the highest ratings, and many of their stars go on to bigger and better things (BRAAAAWDWAY and Celebrity Apprentice to name a few!).

NeNe reportedly tried to quit this season, but execs promised her big dollars and bonuses if she’d hold a peach for another round. They also promised her a favorable edit – but that doesn’t seem to be the case if rumors about the drama still come are to be believed. NeNe herself made several comments about how toxic and horrible the filming experience was… Another bonus coming soon? #VeryRichBitch 

So who else is earning what? Teresa Giudice is the highest paid RHONJ star – she commanded $700,000 for the 6th season in exchange for airing her legal issues, with additional bonuses for reunions and specials such as the WWHL post-sentencing sit-down. Jacqueline Laurita (via a pretend source) claimed that she was paid $750,000 to return for a few episodes, but no one on earth believed that. Must’ve been the wine talking! As for Melissa Gorga she’s apparently not doing too shabby herself – or is she? 

As for Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, Bravo was desperate to get some star power into the mix and also some money, so they agreed to pay veteran soap star Eileen Davidson $750,000 to appear in the 5th season. Eileen is rumored to be the highest earner according to In Touch Weekly. The other ladies only earn between $450,000 and $500,000 for the season.

Lisa Vanderpump also negotiated a big raise to return after being ganged up on last season – plus she gets an additional salary for the successful Vanderpump Rules spinoff (and a little bird is tweeting she may have another spinoff about PUMP waiting in wings…) – none of which has made her co-stars very happy, but they were basically told they better play nice, or else! 

On Real Housewives Of Orange County, Andy’s favorite Vicki Gunvalson is the highest paid lady, earning an estimated $500,000 this season. Although we’ve heard much more believable  reports stating she’s commanding $750,000 in exchange for putting her relationship with Brooks Ayers back in the hot seat. Also ratings for RHOC have been increasing the last couple seasons, so perhaps the OG of the OC who is deemed a Real Housewives Superstar could be pulling in higher paychecks! 

Real Housewives Of Miami was by-far the lowest paid franchise. The third season, which ultimately seemed like the final for the franchise, paid Adriana de Moura and Joanna Krupa just $75,000 to try and convince Bravo to keep them around. The other ladies worked mainly for publicity and were paid on-par with ‘Friends of the Housewives’ working for less than $50k.

Things might not be over however, just recently rumors cropped up again that Bravo may be reviving RHOM and Andy has frequently been expressing his love for Miami! He partied with the former cast while promoting his book a couple weeks ago. 


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