Do Love Island contestants get paid? How the stars earn money while on the show

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Love Island fans have done nothing but obsess over the contestants' incredible bodies, on-trend clothes and golden tans over the past six weeks, they are truly living the dream.

As difficult as spending two months in a luxurious Majorcan villa with a bunch of attractive 20-somethings sounds, we definitely wouldn't pass up the offer if it was handed to us.

As most devoted fans of the ITV2 dating show know, this season's cast had a very broad selection of careers behind them, prior to heading into the Love Island villa.

Faye Winter worked as an estate agent, Jake Cornish was a water engineer, dumped islander Sharon Gaffka was a high-flying civil servant and Liberty Poole worked in her local Nando's branch as a waitress.

Despite their varying salaries, the islanders all have one thing in common; giving up steady employment to appear on the show.

And who can blame them? It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which pretty much guarantees you a blue tick on Instagram and a career as a 'TV personality'.

However, it's worth noting they are gambling a lot by giving up their salaries for what could end up being a mere 24 hours in the villa, as ex-islanders Georgia Townend and Shannon Singh known all too well.

Given that the series lasts two months, every islander has to enter knowing that they could be on the TV series until the very end, and that's a significant amount to lose out on, salary-wise.

This has caused a number of fans to question whether or not the contestants are paid for their stint on the show.

Here's everything you need to know.


Are the Love Island contestants paid?

Yes, thankfully, the stars of Love Island are paid for their time on the show.

Whilst some may argue that certain islanders (we're looking at you Faye, Toby and Chloe) should get bonuses for the pain endured by carrying the whole show on their backs, everyone is paid the exact same.

According to The Sun, contestants are paid around £250 for every week they're on our screens.

This is an apparent rise from the measly £200 they got in 2018.

The Daily Star previously reported that this figure is to 'compensate' them for their time on the show.

This fee intends to cover the islanders' bills, rent and general costs back home while they are living in the villa.

Totalling to only £1,000 a month, we're hoping the London-based islanders landed a great deal on their rents, as the figure will barely cover a studio apartment, let alone any additional bills and costs.

How much is the Love Island 2021 prize money?

As with previous years, the prize money for the winning couple is £50,000.

One half of the winning couple is given the option to split or steal the money, but nobody has ever opted to steal… yet.

How much will the Love Island stars earn after leaving the show?

Even if they don't win the £50,000 prize money, the contestants are still set to earn a healthy sum after leaving the villa through appearances and sponsorship deals.

A source previously told The Sun: "If they win, it could be £50,000 they leave with or £25,000 if they split the pot. Then they'll make loads off the back of magazine deals and sponsorship."

Data from SlotsUp has suggested that Molly-Mae Hague and her boyfriend Tommy Fury have had one of the most lucrative post-Island careers.

It’s estimated the pair charge upwards of £18k per Instagram post when collaborating with brands, which isn't surprising considering their combined Instagram following of 10 million.

Molly-Mae bagged herself a reported £500,000 clothing deal with Pretty Little Thing not long after her series ended, and has continued to bag incredible collaborations with the likes of Ego and BeautyWorks.

Former contestants Alex and Olivia Bowen have also fared well, having scored some huge brand deals since starring on the show in 2016.

Despite coming in third place on their series, they later tied the knot in 2018 and landed some incredible opportunities in the process.

The spouses apparently make around £10,000 per Instagram post – and work with companies like In The Style and QUIZ.

The couple's own fashion label, Exempt Society, is also said to earn them at least £950k in the next two years.

Siannise Fudge and Luke Trotman, who were runners up in the first winter series of Love Island, have also made a career out of posting on the social media site.

Constantly creating adorable content from their lavish London apartment, the couple reportedly charge around £7k for each promotional post.

They've worked with some huge brands, such as Spotify, McDonald’s, GHD, and PayPal.

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