The Bachelor Australia

How much do Bachelor contestants get paid?

Can a reality star actually make it rain? We investigate!

By Bella Brennan

With another season of The Bachelor Australia looming, we have A LOT of questions!

From who Nick "The Honey Badger" Cummins has ended up with, to when the show will actually premiere (early August is the word on the street), one curly question we're always asking is how much Bachelor contestants really get paid?

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The cost of finding true love is priceless but having to take extended leave from work - or in many cases, quitting your job all together - is a huge risk to take.

Sure, you might get some Instagram sponsorships upon leaving The Bachelor mansion (we're pretty sure ex-Bachie stars are keeping the teeth whitening industry in business), but your actual work salary isn't matched.

Here, we breakdown exactly how much The Bachelor contestants get paid!

How much do the contestants get paid on The Bachelor Australia?

As one anonymous star revealed it to News Corp, you don't star on The Bachelor for money.

"You don't get paid a wage as such, you get given a weekly expense allowance which is under $100 a day. It is below minimum wage," the reality star told the publication.

"It's ridiculous what you get paid. A lot of the girls were excited to get that amount a week, but I was like 'are you serious I wouldn't get out of bed for that,'" they claimed.

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Minimum wage never looked so good! Apparently stars of *The Bachelor* get paid "under $100 a day."
Minimum wage never looked so good! Apparently stars of The Bachelor get paid "under $100 a day."

Around $100 a day could still go a long way for contestants who have sacrificed their incomes all together on their quest for true love.

In 2016, Bachelorette runner-up Matty J told us after he went through "six interviews" and intense aptitude tests and psychiatric tests, he finally landed his dream job in marketing.

But just three weeks into the role of a lifetime, he quit so he could take on another plum gig - starring as one of the contestants on Georgia Love's season of The Bachelorette... and we all know how that ended!

"I lost my job for the show," he told us at the time.

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However the exposure a stand-out star like Matty can get will pay off in dividends.

Fast forward to 2018 and the Bondi babe landed his own season of The Bachelor, several ambassadorships for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Oakley, and even a TV WEEK Logie Award nomination for Best New Talent thanks to his foray into hosting on The Living Room.

Similarly season one Bachelor/BIP star Ali Oetjen ended up as this year's Bachelorette, which we have no doubt will serve as a huge platform to promote Ali's eight-week healthy lifestyle e-book, which is due to launch soon.

Ali's predecessor Sophie Monk's role as The Bachelorette helped relaunch her career in Australia and see her return to our screens this year as the 2018 Love Island host.

So while you might be putting a lot on the line for very little cash in the bank, it's a slow burn that can definitely end up converting to a hefty pay day if your business savvy is up to scratch.

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A rosy gamble! Matty J not only found his girlfriend Laura Byrne, he ended up with a slew of ambassadorships and a TV WEEK Logie nomination.
A rosy gamble! Matty J not only found his girlfriend Laura Byrne, he ended up with a slew of ambassadorships and a TV WEEK Logie nomination.

How much do the lead stars get paid?

If you're handing out the roses, it's a completely different story.

After all, The Bachelor or Bachelorette are the draw card and will be (hopefully) commanding the viewers, ratings and advertisers.

So how much is our 2018 main man Nick Cummins earning?

If you're handing out the roses, you'll be getting more cashola in the honey pot!
If you're handing out the roses, you'll be getting more cashola in the honey pot!

With a slew of commercial partnerships already under his belt, it's estimated the former Wallabies player's networth is around $700, 000.

And that could grow exponentially thanks to his starring role as The Bachelor.

Last year, Matty J was rumoured to rake in a cool $200,000 pay cheque and considering Nick already is a celeb in his own right with over 200K Instagram followers, he could command a hell of a lot more!

However, Ten were quick to deny MJ's handsome pay pack saying at the time: "The contractual arrangements between Matty Johnson and the producers of The Bachelor Australia, Warner Bros, are confidential. But the recent claims about the contract are completely inaccurate."

Sophie Monk's stint as *The Bachelorette* helped relaunch her career in Oz.
Sophie Monk's stint as The Bachelorette helped relaunch her career in Oz.

As for 2017's Bachelorette Sophie Monk, who started the trend of celeb Bachies, Brisbane's Courier Mail claimed the popstar took home an eye-watering $300,000 for her season.

While Network Ten declined to comment on the salary rumours, an insider explained, "Sophie will earn a lot more (than previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes) because her management would have negotiated well."

If we had to take an educated guess, we'd say Mr Badger will be getting something between Sophie and Matty's pay packet which would be around $250K.

Of course, the real prize is sweet, sweet lurve.

Which, according to our Bachelor maths, has a 50% chance of surviving once the cameras stop rolling. You can read more about that here!

Of course the real prize is true love, right Nick?
Of course the real prize is true love, right Nick?

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