I am a pretty big fan of a few reality TV shows including Big Brother, Survivor, The Amazing Race and other shows depending on the particular season and if they can hold my interest past the first couple episodes. In fact the Big Brother finale is tonight! The winner gets $500,000 and the runner up will be award with $50,000. In addition to that, the one player who receives the most votes as America’s favorite player will be awarded with $25,000. It is easy to see how awesome it would be to win one of these shows.
How Much Do Big Brother House Guests Get Paid?
There were a total of 16 contestants Big Brother this year and there is a chance only 2 will get any serious money out of it (if America’s favorite player is the winner or runner up). The remaining 13 or 14 houseguests only get paid $750 a week according to RealityBlurred.com who has obtained a copy of the Big Brother contract from a previous season that the house guests have to agree to (check it out if you are a Big Brother fan).
The longest anyone can participate in Big Brother is approximately 11 weeks. If you were involved with the show for the entire season but did not win first or second place the most you could receive is $8,250 in weekly stipends (excluding special contracts for returning players). There are multiple other prizes that the house guests can win throughout the season including random cash prizes up to $10,000 per prize, vacations and experiences in the Big Brother house.
Is Being on Big Brother Worth the Money If You Don’t Win?
If you worked a 40 hour week and got paid $750 you would make $18.75 an hour. Big Brother contestants essentially “work” 24/7 as they are constantly being filmed for the show and are at the wrath of the producers. Sometimes the producers wake the house guests up multiple times throughout the night to make for some good TV. At 24 hours a day the house guests only receive $4.46 an hour for their time.
The good financial part about being on Big Brother is that you wouldn’t have any expenses! You get free lodging and food for as long as you’re on the show. Keep in mind that with good normally comes some bad. Some people quit their jobs for this opportunity while others probably take vacation and a leave of absence from their jobs. Most people aren’t guaranteed to have their jobs waiting for them when they get kicked off the show. On top of that they may lose their insurance coverage or have to pay the total cost out of pocket!
So Why Do People Go on Big Brother If the Money Sucks?
People go on Big Brother because they think they can win. Who wouldn’t want a shot at half of a million dollars?! In addition, many of the people who try out and make the show are huge fans and getting the opportunity to play the game, even if they don’t get very far at all, is a no brainer once in a lifetime opportunity for them.
Would you ever sign up for a reality TV show? Are there any other shows you want to know how much people get paid to be on? I could do some investigating for future posts!