TLC's hit series — which debuted in 2015 — centers around "the world's largest known family of achondroplasia dwarfs." Trent and his wife, Amber, have five kids under the age of 16, all with Achondroplasia Dwarfism. Jonah and Elizabeth are their biological children and they adopted Anna, Alex, and Emma.
Although it's not exactly clear how much the reality star fam is raking in, we can speculate that they're making a pretty penny. According to reality producer Terence Michael, reality show families earn about 10 percent of the show's budget, and he estimates that TLC budgets about $250,000 to $400,000 per episode. In other words, this means that the Johnstons would be raking in $25,000 to $40,000 per episode. Not too shabby.
Unfortunately, however, unless you're a Ryan Seacrest or Gordan Ramsey, chances are, you're not going to be earning a few mil. In 2016, Business Insider reported, "those kinds of paychecks actually go to very few people. 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."
Yet considering Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC, is proud to have the family on board, a raise doesn't seem too far out of reach. "The Johnstons have already captured the hearts of our viewers," she told People. "The family is extremely relatable as they take on life’s challenges with a can-do spirit and a sense of humor." So sweet!
7 Little Johnstons airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC.