The couples on TLC's 90 Day Fiancé are just regular people when they sign up for the show, but they quickly turn into mini-celebrities in their own right! Just like any other reality TV star, they get paid a salary to be on the show, but how much do they actually make? Turns out, it's not that much.
During a recent Facebook Q&A, Chris Thieneman's pregnant wife, Nikki Cooper, took to one of the show’s Facebook fan pages and addressed exactly how much the cast members get paid — noting that she is not under contract with TLC or Sharp Entertainment. She went on to reveal that they get paid $1,000 per episode and $2,500 to appear on the Tell-All special. It's important to note, however, that not all members of the cast appear in all episodes.
According to a Reddit user, TLC pays as much as $7,000 for the first season that they're on the show. But it's only paid to the American of the couple since the foreigner is not legally allowed to work in the United States until they receive their green card after marriage.
But for the breakout stars of the show who returned for Season 1 and Season 2 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After — Jorge and Anfisa Nava, Danielle Mullins and Mohamed Jbali, Chantel Everett and Pedro Jimeno, Loren and Alexei Brovarnik, and Paola and Russ Mayfield — they probably get paid per episode and they also may get paid separately since the foreigner was already permitted to work by the time filming started.
Last year, Business Insider reported that unless you're a Ryan Seacrest or Gordon Ramsay, for example, chances are, you're not going to be raking in millions per season. "Those kinds of paychecks actually go to very few people," the report states. "Most people starring on reality shows are making salaries that supplement the ones they make at their actual jobs, from their businesses, or from other opportunities afforded them by being on TV, such as licensing deals, book contracts, appearances, or food and liquor products."