‘American Idol’ Judges’ ⁠Salary: How Much Do Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest Make?

Jill O'Rourke
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We know the current American Idol judges are talented and successful recording artists. But exactly how much is their net worth? Who is the richest of the three of them, and what is American Idol paying the stars to continue to appear on the show? Get ready for your jaw to drop.


What Is Katy Perry’s Net Worth and American Idol Salary?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Perry is estimated to be worth $330 million. That includes earnings from music sales, tours, and endorsement deals. It also includes a reported $25 million salary for appearing on American Idol. However, Perry hinted in 2020 that this wasn’t quite accurate, saying, “It’s not always what’s reported.”

In addition to judging and releasing music, Perry has also appeared in television shows and movies such as The Smurfs and has released multiple fragrances. In 2019, she reportedly sold two homes worth a combined $12.3 million. The next year, she and fiancé Orlando Bloom bought a nine-acre estate in California for $14.2 million. Forbes reports that Perry made $38.5 million in 2020.

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What Is Lionel Richie’s Net Worth and American Idol Salary?

Celebrity Net Worth reports that Lionel Richie is worth $200 million. Richie has been in the music business since the 1960s, most famously as part of the Commodores and with a successful solo career in the 1980s.

Richie has sold over 90 million records throughout his career and has toured into the new millennium. That includes popular performances in countries like Morocco and Egypt. He reportedly makes a salary of $10 million as a judge on American Idol.

What Is Luke Bryan’s Net Worth and American Idol Salary?

Bryan’s net worth is the lowest of the three judges, but it’s not too shabby. He’s estimated to be worth around $160 million. The country star started off as a songwriter before releasing his debut album in 2007.


Bryan has sold over 7 million albums and gone on several tours over the years. He’s also the co-owner of Buck Commander, which sells hunting gear. Bryan joined the American Idol judging panel along with Perry and Richie in 2018, and reportedly makes $12 million for the job.

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What Is Ryan Seacrest’s Net Worth and American Idol Salary?

American Idol‘s longtime host blows all three judges out of the water with his estimated net worth of $450 million. It’s easy to see why he’s worth so much, considering just how many jobs he has. Seacrest reportedly makes around $10 million for hosting American Idol.

He has his own radio show, co-hosts Live with Kelly Ripa, and conducts red carpet interviews for E! at award shows like the Oscars. He also has a clothing line called Ryan Seacrest Distinction and a skincare brand called Polished for Men. Forbes reports that Seacrest made $60 million in 2020.

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