‘Vanderpump Rules’: Jax Taylor Still Works at SUR and Here’s How Much He Makes

Vanderpump Rules season eight is here. The cast of the show has definitely changed over the years. Even the OG members of the cast who have remained around for the entire tenure of Pump Rules are different now. When we first met them, they were twentysomethings living in Los Angeles, working as servers, hostesses, and bartenders in order to live the high life.

Jax Taylor
Jax Taylor | Erik Voake/Getty Images for Wrangler

Now, they are all relatively famous and doing quite well for themselves. Just take a look at the million-dollar homes several of them have been buying. Since they all have received a significant pay increase from their previous waitressing salaries, it would be fair to assume that most of them no longer need to work at SUR.

But for some reason, Jax Taylor, who has held the title of being the highest-paid cast member for the longest, still works as a bartender at SUR from time to time.

Is the cast required to work at SUR?

When the show first started airing, most of the main cast members, besides Tom Schwartz, worked at SUR. This made sense because the entire premise of the show was to show twentysomethings working at a restaurant together and navigating the drama that came with being coworkers and friends. As the seasons went on, people got fired from SUR but were able to remain on the show. So, what are the working requirements to be on Vanderpump Rules?

“Part of the deal is if they’re working at the restaurant on the show, they have to work there legitimately,” Lisa Vanderpump once told Thrillist.

“They work about three days a week while we’re filming, and that’s five months of the year. They get a month or two off to do press and appearances promoting the show while it’s airing, because they do a lot of promotion.”

Lala Kent made similar comments.

“I can’t be a part of the show if I don’t have a job at SUR where I’m going in at least once a week working for two hours as a hostess each time,” she said on The Tomorrow Show podcast.

But as the seasons have gone on, it appears this stipulation has gotten more lax.

“I think this season is going to be the most interesting because we do have new people who work at the restaurant and those of us who were pretending to work at the restaurant aren’t really having to,” Stassi Schroeder said on the October 25 episode of the Straight Up With Stassi podcast of season eight.

“They are showing what’s really actually going on,” she continued, “and Ariana doesn’t have to pretend to go clock in order to go to Mexico.”

Jax still works at SUR

While stars like Katie Maloney Schwartz, Ariana Madix, Lala Kent, and even Taylor’s wife Brittany have all quit their jobs at SUR, Taylor still gets behind the bar at the restaurant “sometimes.”

He shared in an Instagram Q&A that when he bartends, he will make between $300 and $400 a night. Seeing as Taylor is worth $500,000, it doesn’t seem like the reality star needs the extra cash. So, maybe he is doing it for the love of the job.