Every week, celebrities and their professional partners train for hours on end to pull off a stellar performance on ABC's beloved Dancing With the Stars. But rest assured, their sweat and countless time in the studio isn't all for nothing.
Though it's unknown how much the Dancing With the Stars contestants this season — Bobby Bones, DeMarcus Ware, Milo Manheim, Danelle Umstead, Joe Amabile, John Schneider, Nancy McKeon, Mary Lou Retton, Tinashe, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nikki Glaser, Alexis Ren, and Evanna Lynch — have officially agreed to, IBT that each celebrity for past seasons has been given $125,000 just for agreeing to be on the show.
Although Dancing With the Stars reps told GoodHousekeeping.com they would not disclose the exact celebrities' salaries, indicate that each contestant's pay increases from the $125,000 mark. For example, Bindi Irwin of season 21 was $10,000 extra per week for weeks 3 and 4, $15,000 for week 5, $20,000 for weeks 6 and 7, $30,000 for weeks 8 and 9, and $50,000 for weeks 10 and 11. As the winner of the show, that brought her total earnings up to an estimated $345,000 to $360,000.
Though it might seem like a small fraction of what the celebs' might already be earning, it's actually a decent chunk of change in comparison to what other reality series offer. According to , the winner of The Voice is given $100,000 (while the show's judges reportedly rake in a hefty $13 million each). And although America's Got Talent boasts a $1 million prize, after taxes the champion realistically only pockets an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 of that.
As for the pros, the reporting is a bit scant, but it must be a fairly decent amount. In 2017, a "source" for Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy explained to that the couple decided to return for the 24th season because "doing the show gives them a lot more financial freedom." It's also important to note that of pros range drastically — from a few hundred thousand to several millions depending on their time with the show (and taking into account other projects outside of DWTS).
Paychecks aside, the DWTS pros and dancers are also vying for the Mirrorball Trophy and temporary bragging rights. And, as everyone knows, bragging rights are always priceless.
Catch Dancing With the Stars season 27 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.