All of the contestants get a base salary for competing, but the champion can reportedly win up to $295,000.
After that, bonuses are added incrementally for the contestants who make it through to the next round. Sources told Variety in 2019 that contestants could make up to $295,000.
But contestants reportedly used to be able to make a total of $345,000.
In 2010, Gawker reported that, in addition to their base pay for the first two episodes, contestants got $10,000 each for the next two episodes, $20,000 each for the two after that, $30,000 each for the next two, and $50,000 for appearing in the final two episodes.