How Much Does ‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Get Paid For Her Food Network Show?

Ree Drummond is a television star who may be better known as the “Pioneer Woman.” In fact, that’s the name of the popular Food Network show that shot her to fame. Drummond started out as a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed blogging about her life. But more than a decade later, she’s a television super star with various business ventures under her belt. But how much does Food Network actually pay her for her show?

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Drummond has built an empire out of the ‘Pioneer Woman’ franchise

When Drummond got her start, she did not have the intention of the blog turning into anything more than a fun way for her to talk about her life and family. However, what started as an interesting project in 2006 quickly gained a massive following. She previously said in an interview with The New Yorker that by 2010, the blog was making more than $1 million annually. The blog then turned into a Food Network show, which has seen several successful seasons and counting. From there, Drummond began writing cookbooks and going on book tours; everything was tied into The Pioneer Woman — the name of her television show.

She’s independently worth an estimated $50 million

On her own, Drummond has accumulated a net worth estimated around $50 million. But that’s not the only wealth in the family. Drummond’s husband, Ladd Drummond, comes from one of the biggest land-owning families in the country. His net worth is estimated around $200 million. But while Ree Drummond may have set out to write about her life as a stay-at-home-mom, but that’s hardly how things turned out. She went on to become a household name, and she’s especially known for her use of the words “scrumptious” and phrases such as “gloriously decadent” and “nice and golden brown.” She’s even poked fun at herself on Twitter over her word usage.

Her Food Network salary is not disclosed, but she likely makes somewhere between $8 million and $25 million per year

Food Network chefs don’t all make the same amount. The salaries mostly have to do with ratings, so some chefs make much more than others. However, Drummond’s individual Food Network salary has not been disclosed, but a range can be inferred based on what other Food Network chefs have made annually. Rachael Ray, arguably the most famous female celebrity chef to come from the Food Network, was pulling in around $25 million annually during her most successful years. Guy Fieri has always been consistently popular on the network and earns an estimated $8 million per year. Drummond probably doesn’t make quite as much as Ray, but with her several cookbooks and ever-popular television show, she’s probably making more per year than Fieri.

She also owns a restaurant and hotel in her home town

Besides having one of the most popular cooking shows on television, Drummond has gotten her feet wet in other entrepreneurial endeavors. She recently opened up both a restaurant and a boutique hotel in downtown Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where she lives. She’s written several cookbooks and continues to film her television show. Although her children are growing up quickly, and her family dynamic may change once they’re all away at school, she doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

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