Married at First Sight is the home-grown reality TV show Aussies love to hate, but whether you think the contestants are on it for true love or fame, they’re certainly not in it for the money.
Well, the money they get paid to appear on the show, that is.
Previous contestants have revealed their contract states they will receive a “per diem”, or a daily allowance, which means they’re not exactly paid for the work they’re doing, but rather receiving cash to cover their expenses.
And, it amounts to $150 a day - but there’s a caveat to that.
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“But on top of that, you have to pay expenses - your living expenses with the woman that you marry,” ex-contestant Nasser Sultan told Now to Love.
"It's not $150 clear. You still have to pay rent if you're renting, you've gotta pay your rego and it's 12 hour filming days."
That pay equates to around $12.50 per hour - under minimum wage.
Ex-contestant Telv Williams revealed in his Instagram story that the pay was “s**t”.
“It’s rubbish. Everything is off your own f***ing back,” he said.
Contestants last year were told they would be required to take 10 weeks off work for the duration of filming - six more weeks than the average annual leave allowance of a workplace.
But the money doesn’t stop there
While they’re not bringing in the bacon on the show, contestants are well-compensated for Instagram posts and club appearances after.
Celebrity publicist Max Markson revealed to Daily Mail that several MAFS celebrities like Jessika Power, Ines Basic and Cyrell Paule have earnt up to $10,000 for a single social media deal.
According to social media fee calculator InfluencerFee, ex-MAFS contestant Martha Kalifatidis rakes in around $700 per paid post, while former contestant Jules Robinson can earn $650 per paid post.
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