Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has made some excellent financial decisions since she rose to fame on Jersey Shore. After netting $150,000 per episode of the reality show, she got $175,000 per episode of her spin-off Snooki & Jwoww. She's also got three books and makes five figures per speech or media appearance. Not bad, Snickers!
She's more famous now for her financial mistakes, but Teresa Giudice is one of the highest paid Real Housewives. The RHONJ star makes $650,000 plus bonuses each season.
NeNe Leakes is still the queen of the Housewives. The RHOA star makes a whopping $1 million per season.
Judging singers is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. NBC pays Adam Levine a reported $10-12 million for his gig on The Voice.
Adam's fellow judge Christina Aguilera earned a reported $12.5 million for her first season on The Voice, and may be getting a substantial raise to $17 million for season 5. Yowza!
You know the Kardashian family is good at making money. But aside from the clothes, the perfumes, the endorsements, the books, and so on, their 2012 multi-season deal with E! was $40 million, the most expensive reality deal in TV history. They resigned in 2014 for another reported $40 million or more.
In case his $500 million deal with Sirius was leaving him hungry and cold, Howard Stern makes $15 million per season to judge on America's Got Talent.
Ryan Seacrest does not sleep. That's the only explanation for his radio show, producer work on E!, hosting American Idol, appearing on Today and the New Year's Eve special, and more. He makes a reported $61 million a year for all those sleepless nights, though!
Who's the fairest judge of all? Jennifer Lopez was paid a reported $17.5 million to return to American Idol this year.
Simon Cowell's salary means he can afford a lot of tight black t-shirts. As the man who helped launch talent shows American Idol, The X Factor, and America's Got Talent, he made $95 million last year.