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How Much Everyone Gets Paid on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Updated on September 19, 2017
Dancing with the Stars
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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 of the hit dance show are compensated. However, this information is compiled from other sources.

Former Governor Rick Perry, Olympian Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Olympian Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Former Governor Rick Perry, Olympian Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Olympian Swimmer Ryan Lochte

Salary of Celebrities on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Sometimes the public finds out about how much celebrities 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, Zendaya Coleman was 16, and Cody Simpson was 17. 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 "Dancing with the Stars."

The initial amount guaranteed for everyone who signs up is a base salary of $125,000, but that contract also included training for a minimum of 20 hours per week, which begins several weeks before to the season even starts.

If celebrities make it to weeks three and four, they get an additional $10,000 each week. For weeks 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 champion does not get any additional prize money for winning the competition. The second and third place finalists walk away with the maximum payout of $360,000 in addition to the honor of being a champion.

Initial Amount for signing up
Weeks 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
All three finalists get same amount
Week 12 - 3 Finalists
$360,000 plus mirror ball trophy
Dancing with the Stars Pros: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chery Burke, Derek Hough
Dancing with the Stars Pros: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chery Burke, Derek Hough

Salary of the Professional Dancers on 'Dancing with the Stars'

The salaries for the professional dancers are much less than for 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 of their popularity. There’s a good chance veteran pros like Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Donolani, Mark Ballas, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy make a lot more than the newcomers.

What the professional dancers get for working two seasons a year on the popular reality dance show is a well-kept secret. However, there have been speculations 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 air time, plus about a month of pre-season rehearsals.

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 A-list pros might get more. 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.

Dancing with the Stars Hosts: Tom Berguron, Erin Andrews
Dancing with the Stars Hosts: Tom Berguron, Erin Andrews

Salary of Hosts on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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 dancing competition show began.

According to reports, Bergeron, 61, makes $150,000 for each episode. His current co-host, Erin Andrews, 38, has a net worth of $20 million and an annual salary of $2 million. However, those amounts are not all from hosting "Dancing with the Stars." She earns most of her money for being a sportscaster.

Women Hosts Along With Tom Bergeron

Season 1
Lisa Canning
Seasons 2-9
Samantha Harris
Season 10-17
Brooke Burke-Charvet
Seasons 18-23
Erin Andrews
Judges on Dancing with the Stars: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodmand, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli
Judges on Dancing with the Stars: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodmand, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli

Salaries of Judges on 'Dancing with the Stars'

The three main judges who have been with "Dancing with the Stars" for all eighteen seasons are Len Goodman, 72, Bruno Tonioli, 60, and Carrie Ann Inaba, 48. The show is the American version of the British television series "Strictly Come Dancing" where Goodman and Tonioli are on both shows.

The regular judges are Len Goodman, who serves as head judge, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Goodman was absent for much of season 19 and all of season 21. Julianne Hough, who was a professional dancing partner 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 2 seasons. She did not return for Season 22, but she returned for Season 23.

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 gets $1.2 million per season. During the year, there are two seasons of "Dancing with the Stars."

Goodman and Tonioli reportedly get paid much less for judging on "Strictly Come Dancing" than for judging on the American version. When the judges, host, professional dancers and celebrities are not on "Dancing with the Stars," they have other jobs that help them keep dancing all the way to the bank.

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      Margaret Minnicks 3 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH, thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article! I love "Dancing with the Stars," and I watch the show every season!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 months ago from USA

      This is very interesting information. Thanks for sharing.