After a lengthy hiatus, The Little Couple stars Bill Klein and Jen Arnold are back on TLC — and making bank. Although money has never been an issue for the couple — after all, Jen is a neonatologist — the reality star fam will certainly never have to worry about how to send their kids to college!
It’s unclear how much the two are actually raking in, but 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 Little Couple would be raking in $25,000 to $40,000 per episode. Not too shabby.
A report from Business Insider also suggests that the couple could be bringing in even more, based on the show’s popularity. “For those docu-ensembles, especially if they’re nobodies, per episode it ranges from low-end, like $1,500 an episode, to $3,000 at the high end.” They added, “And then after three years of success, it can go up to $7,000 to $10,000 an episode. After that, you start moving into the Kardashian level.”
Unfortunately, unless they’re a Ryan Seacrest or a Gordon Ramsay, chances are, they won’t be making millions. “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.” Regardless, this little fam is doing just fine.
Meet The Little Couple‘s adorable kids, Will, 6, and Zoey, 5!