Kate Gosselin's Net Worth and Income Sources
How the "Kate Plus 8" Reality TV Star Makes Money
Kate Gosselin, a mother of twins and sextuplets who rose to fame as a reality star on TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” has not confirmed her exact earnings or net worth, but some sources have made educated guesses. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gosselin had a net worth of $200,000 as of September 2019.
Her income stream is fed from various sources, including her salary as a star in reality shows “Jon and Kate Plus 8” and “Kate Plus 8,” payment for guest appearances on other TV shows, paid speaking engagements, and royalties from books she has published.
Earnings from TV Shows
Gosselin's TV shows have contributed the most toward her net worth. Launched in 2007, the reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8” documented the lives of husband and wife Jon and Kate Gosselin and the eight children they had as a result of infertility treatments. More than 4 million viewers tuned into TLC each week to follow Jon, Kate, their twins Cara Nichole and Madelyn Kate, born Oct. 8, 2000, and their sextuplets, born May 10, 2004: Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope, and Joel Kevin. However, marital problems brought the show to a halt.
The final episode of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” aired in November 2009, a few months after the couple announced that they had filed for divorce. The show returned to TLC in June 2010 without Jon and with a new name: “Kate Plus 8," and aired until July 2017. In June 2019, TLC premiered a new series documenting Kate Gosselin’s dating life, called “Kate Plus Date.”
A controversial book, “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World,” claims that Gosselin earned at least $2.5 million total from “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” with per-episode payments starting at $2,000 and growing to $22,500 in the final season.
The International Business Times also reported that the family was making $22,500 per episode of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” by the time the last one aired. The same report stated that for “Kate Plus 8,” Gosselin nearly doubled that salary, making more than $40,000 per episode. Additionally, the trips the family took during the filming of both shows were paid-for perks, and the family reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars in free products.
Throughout the years, Gosselin has made guest appearances on other TV shows. In 2010, she appeared on celebrity dance competition “Dancing with the Stars” with dance partner Tony Dolovani. She reportedly made $500,000 for this appearance. In 2013, she was on an episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap,” in which she swapped lives for a week with former “Girls Next Door” star Kendra Wilkinson. Gosselin appeared on season 7 of the reality game show “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2015—Donald Trump’s final season as host.
Gosselin has appeared on many other shows and has also traveled the country for interviews and speaking engagements for which she received varying degrees of compensation.
As of September 2019, Kate Gosselin has published four books. The first, “Multiple Blessings,” was co-authored by her now ex-husband and Beth Carson, and was released by Christian publisher Zondervan in September 2008. The book details the ups and downs of the couple's life, from facing infertility to the conception and birth of twins and sextuplets. It quickly became a hit, making the New York Times best-seller list one week after being released.
Her second book, “Eight Little Faces,” was released by Zondervan in April 2009. It offers a more intimate look at the family's life, including photos and insight into Gosselin’s Christian faith. The book debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Gosselin’s third and fourth books did not sell nearly as well as her previous ones.
“I Just Want You to Know: Letters to My Kids on Love, Faith, and Family” was released in April 2010 by Zondervan. The book covers a period of three years when the family was living in their home in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Gosselin writes about the challenges and joys of raising her eight children, as well as her beliefs.
The fourth book, a cookbook aimed at home cooks, was published in September 2013 by HCI. “Love Is in the Mix” features Gosselin's “family-friendly” recipes, tips, and traditions.
Before becoming a TV personality, Gosselin worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. In 2008, the average salary for a nurse in Pennsylvania was $57,604, according to the 2008 Advance Salary Survey.