‘Vanderpump Rules’: This Is How Much Lisa Vanderpump Makes Per Episode

Lisa Vanderpump is a bonafide reality television star. She started out on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and was able to use that show to score her own spin-off, Vanderpump Rules. Now, Vanderpump Rules has become a Bravo staple and is in its eighth season. Vanderpump is no longer a housewife, as she made the decision to exit RHOBH after a particularly rough season. But even without the RHOBH checks, Vanderpump is still rolling in the dough. She has 36 restaurants around the world and makes a hefty sum from Vanderpump Rules.

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How much does the cast of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ make?

The cast of Vanderpump Rules does not all make the same amount. Jax Taylor makes the most of the SUR employees. He makes $25,000 per episode of the show, which means that all of his lying and antics may be worth it. His wife, Brittany Cartwright, on the other hand, is a newer member of the cast so it only makes sense that she would be on the lower end of cast salaries.

When the show started, Tom Sandoval was the least paid cast member on the show, only earning about $1,400 per episode and $38,000 for the whole first season, according to TMZ. He then got a lawyer to help plead his case and began making $15,000 per episode. Now that he and Tom Schwartz own TomTom with Vanderpump, the star’s net worth has skyrocketed to $4 million.

Stassi Schroeder has been on the show since the very beginning. Although she no longer works at SUR, she still is a major part of the series. In 2019, Schroeder earned $15,000 per episode of the show. She now has a net worth of $2 million.

In 2019, Scheana Marie Shay was making $10,000 per episode of the show. Her net worth has risen over the years to a healthy $500,000.

How much does Lisa Vanderpump make from ‘Vanderpump Rules’?

Naturally, Vanderpump makes more than any of the rest of the cast for each episode of Vanderpump Rules. It is her show, after all. The reality star makes $50,000 per episode of the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is double what the second-highest cast member makes.

Considering there are typically over 20 episodes in a season, Vanderpump is making a pretty penny off of Vanderpump Rules.

How did the show come to be?

When Vanderpump bought SUR, she never thought it would, not only be a profitable restaurant but be the center of a thriving television show as well. She really bought the venue so that she and her husband Ken Todd could keep their visas.

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“We needed to do something right away,” she told the outlet. “So we shook hands that day and started developing.”

The pair spent $500,000 on the location. In the beginning, the restaurant could only sit 25 people. But they renovated the space to hold 400 patrons and include a patio, private rooms, and more.

The show started out just following the storylines of the people who already worked there and their relationships with one another. Since then, it has expanded as Vanderpump has hired new servers and fired some of the old ones.

“The things that we’re all dealing with here, that’s what good reality shows are about,” she said. “Not the mindless bullsh*”