‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Salary: How Much Do Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel Make?

America's Got Talent JudgesSamantha Agate | Talent Recap

It is no secret that the ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges are racking in the big buck’s season after season. They are tasked with finding great talent from all across the globe. Season 15 is just around the corner and new judge Sofia Vergara is ready to take her place on the judging panel. But, just how much are these judges making per season?

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel has been on the AGT judging panel since season five. It should come as no surprise that he is bringing in about $70,000 per episode. After being on the show for a decade, his net worth is estimated to be a whopping $40 million. His presence on AGT combined with his successful comedy career and television hosting has made him a true television veteran on the show. Though he is making millions of dollars on this show, he is still not the highest-paid judge on the panel.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum joined the judging panel in season eight and was noticeably absent from the panel in season 14. She rejoined the panel again for ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions,’ and is set to judge again on season 15. She is believed to be making somewhere around $100,000 per episode and has an estimated net worth of $120 million in 2020.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is not only a judge on AGT, but has been an executive producer since 2006, so naturally, he is bound to be earning even more than his fellow judges. Cowell did not begin judging on the show until 2015. While it is hard to pinpoint exactly how much Simon makes per episode, he makes somewhere around $100 million dollars a year from all of his reality show involvements. His estimated net worth is around $600 million. Former judge Howard Stern also made a huge sum of money on the show, matching Cowell’s fortune almost identically after serving on the panel for four seasons and carrying on a successful radio career.

How Much Money Did Julianne Hough And Gabrielle Union Make on ‘AGT’?

They may have only lasted one season on the judging panel, but both Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union must have made a ton of money in their time on AGT. While there are no clear numbers as to how much each of these women were making while on the show, it is assumed that it was less than Mandell’s $70,000 per episode. Hough has an estimated net worth of $10 million. She had previously been a judge on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ Union had a successful film career starting from a young age and has a net worth estimated to be around $20 million.

Sofia Vergara

With new judge Sofia Vergara in her rookie season on AGT, it is not quite clear how much she will be earning per episode and how it will compare to the other judges’ salaries. She made around $500,000 per episode of the hit show ‘Modern Family,’ so Vergara is most likely going to get a huge payday from AGT. She has a net worth of $180 million which will surely increase with her new spot on the judging panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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