How Much Do the 'Real Housewives' Make? The 5 Highest-Paid Stars

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 10:  NeNe Leakes speaks onstage during A3C Festival & Conference at AmericasMart on October 10, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
2019 A3C Festival & Conference | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Bravo's Real Housewives franchise has been a pop culture staple of for nearly 10 years now, and the ladies that make the juicy drama happen have become beloved icons in the reality television world. And though it can be difficult to remember, what with all the trips to Cabo, dinner-parties-gone-awry, and shopping sprees, these women are working hard for their lavish lifestyles. But how much are these Bravo babes raking in?

Here is a list of the five highest-paid Real Housewives according to The Cheat Sheet:

5. Vicki Gunvalson

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Vicky Gunvalson attends the OK! Magazine NYFW Party at PhD, Dream Downtown Hotel Rooftop on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
OK! Magazine NYFW Party | Paul Morigi/Getty Images

We have loved watching this hard-headed blonde fight with all her West Coast gang on The Real Housewives of Orange County. As an original cast member on the series, Gunvalson makes a reported $750,000 per season.

4. Teresa Giudice

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Reality TV Personality Teresa Giudice attends the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center's "Eternal Beauty" celebration on September 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center's "Eternal Beauty" Celebration | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

As you probably remember, Giudice got herself into a pretty sticky legal and financial situation back in 2009 after she and her husband, Joe Giudice, pled guilty to 41 counts of fraud, costing her 15 months in prison, as well as having to file for bankruptcy. But now, the Italian American is at least cashing out, being paid a reported $1 million for each season of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

3. Cynthia Bailey

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 19: Cynthia Bailey arrives for the 3rd Annual Taste of sbe with a special performance by Common at Mondrian Los Angeles on October 19, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
3rd Annual Taste Of sbe With A Special Performance By Common | Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars are taking the gold, silver, and bronze for the highest-paid employees of the franchise. In third place, Bailey comes in at a reported whopping $1.75 million per season.

2. Kandi Burruss

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 11: Kandi Burruss arrives at the premiere of Apple TV+'s 'Truth Be Told' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 11, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
Premiere Of Apple TV+'s "Truth Be Told" - Red Carpet | Jerod Harris/Getty Images

In second place is fan-favorite Burruss, earning a reported $2.2 million per season. Though she is not the highest-paid housewife, I'd say she hands down wins the award for best-liked on the show.

1. NeNe Leakes

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 22: NeNe Leakes attends Jeezy's Inaugural SnoBall for his Non-Profit Street Dreamz Foundation at Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead on August 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Street Dreamz)
Jeezy Hosts Inaugural SnoBall For His Non-Profit Street Dreamz Foundation | Marcus Ingram/Getty Images

It wouldn’t be Real Housewives of Atlanta without NeNe Leakes, which is why the network is paying her the highest salary in the franchise at a reported $2.75 million per season. She reportedly got a raise after returning from a short sabbatical, proving that Bravo must have really missed her while she was gone.