'Dancing with the Stars': How Much Everyone Is Paid
Many people love watching the popular dance reality show Dancing with the Stars on ABC since it began in 2005. Some people have wondered how much the celebrities get paid for putting their own careers on hold to participate on the popular dance competition show. Neither the producers of Dancing with the Stars nor ABC executives have ever released any information on how much the participants are compensated. However, this information is compiled from other sources.
Salary of Celebrities
Sometimes the public finds out about how much celebrity dancers get paid. For instance, when minors go on the show, their contracts have to be approved by a judge. Shawn Johnson and others were minors when they competed. Johnson was 16 at the time while others like Zendaya Coleman and Cody Simpson were 16 and 17 respectively. Bendi Irwin's salary was also made public. Heather Mills' salary had to be disclosed when she went through a divorce from Paul McCarthy after she competed on the show.
The initial amount guaranteed for everyone who signs up is a base salary of $125,000, but that contract also includes training for a minimum of 20 hours per week, which begins several weeks before the season even starts.
If celebrities make it to weeks three and four, they get an additional $10,000 each week. For week five, there is an additional $15,000. For weeks six and seven, an additional $20,000 for each week is added. For weeks eight and nine, $30,000 for each week is added. If the stars make it to the last two weeks, they earn an additional $50,000 each week. That brings the total to a possible $360,000 for those who make it to the finale, whether they win the Mirror Ball trophy or not.
It is interesting that all three contestants who make it to the finals get the same thing as the winner. The second and third place finalists walk away with the maximum payout of $360,000. The champion does not get any additional prize money for winning the competition. The winner and the pro partner get the Mirror Ball trophy and bragging rights.
Initial Amount for Signing Up
All three finalists get same amount
Week 12 - Three Finalists
$360,000 plus Mirror Ball Trophy
Salary of the Professional Dancers
What the professional dancers get for working two seasons a year on the show is a well-kept secret. However, there has been speculation about what they get. The professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars give up their lives for the show, working up to 10 weeks of airtime, plus about a month of pre-season rehearsals.
Professional dancers are paid much less than the celebrities. It was once reported that the pros made $1,600 per episode in the early days of Dancing with the Stars, but now they can earn as much as $5,200, depending on their popularity. The veteran pros can negotiate their salaries because they are the favorites. Veteran pros make a lot more than newcomers because of their seniority.
Because of the success of the show, making $5,200 per week might be a low figure. The average professional dancer's salary is close to $100,000 for the full season and practice time. The only thing we know for sure is that the pros dance all the way to the bank. We must also remember that during the pros' off-seasons from Dancing with the Stars, they have other gigs. Some of them have their own dance studios that keep money coming in.
Salary of Hosts
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are the currents hosts of Dancing with the Stars. Bergeron has been the host since the show started in 2005. There have been four women hosts since the show began.
According to reports, Bergeron, 63, makes $150,000 for each episode. That translates to about $1.6 million for an 11-episode season. It is hard to determine how much his current co-host, Erin Andrews, 40, makes. She is worth $20 million and has an annual salary of $2 million. However, those amounts are not all from hosting the reality show. She earns most of her money by being a sportscaster.
Women Hosts Along With Tom Bergeron
Salaries of Judges
The three main judges who have been with Dancing with the Stars for all 27 seasons are Head Judge Len Goodman, 75, Bruno Tonioli, 62, and Carrie Ann Inaba, 50. The show is the American version of the British television series Strictly Come Dancing, which Goodman and Tonioli are also on.
Goodman was absent for much of season 19 and all of season 21. Julianne Hough, who was a professional dancer for Seasons 4-8, was added as a full-time judge on the panel for Seasons 19-21 after having been a guest judge in the previous two seasons. She did not return for Season 22, but she returned for Season 23. She left the show after she got married on July 8, 2017.
While no one knows for sure how much the judges make, it has been reported that they used to make $250,000 per episode up to Season 2. Then, because of the popularity of the show, they each now get $1.2 million per season. During the year, there are two seasons of the popular dance competition show.
Goodman and Tonioli reportedly get paid much more for judging the American version than the British version.