Do 'Love Island' contestants get paid? This is the weekly fee for those staying in the villa

If you're wondering, do 'Love Island' contestants get paid while on the show, then here's what we know...

The Islander's families arrive at the villa
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The show can be a fast track to a lucrative career as an influencer, but do Love Island contestants get paid for their time while they're on the show? As you can imagine, the creators of the series like to keep that kind of info under wraps, but the existence of a weekly fee has gradually come to light as each season more than a dozen singletons eagerly arrive at the villa.

Appearing on Love Island UK can catapult Islanders to fame almost overnight. But, as you'll find out, aside from the winning couple who get to take home a huge cash prize, their fellow cast members won't expect to take be renumerated particularly well for the weeks spent battling tan lines and drama. However, a lucky few will be able to find their fortune post-villa by enticing big brands with their bolstered social media followings. most memorable Love Island moments...

Do 'Love Island' contestants get paid?

While finding love is a huge draw for the singletons appearing on the show—there's also a generous money prize up for grabs. The winning couple can decide to together take home a whopping £50,000. However, they and their fellow Islanders also receive some payment for their time in the villa—spending their away days sunbathing beside the pool and partying at night (if you're wondering where Love Island UK is filmed, it's changing this year). 

That said, it's not a huge amount. According to The Sun (opens in new tab), each contestant receives £250 per week—a slight increase from the £200 handed over back in 2018—to cover rent, bills and other costs while they are away filing the series. While it might not seem insignificant, a source pointed out: "If you break it down to how many hours they’re filming every day it’s absolutely nothing!"

It seems that last year, when the Islanders were required to quarantine as per Spanish entry requirements, they received the weekly fee for the extra time spent ahead of the villa. Indeed, Marie Claire (opens in new tab) reported that contestant Priya Gopaldas had shared on her Instagram how she had received £750 for her eight-day stint on the series—indicating she had been paid for an extra fortnight away too. The medical student revealed that she had given away the amount to charity.

What can Islanders earn after the villa?

However, it's their earning potential after the villa that can make going on Love Island a lucrative move—and not just for those crowned the winners, like Millie Court and Liam Reardon last year. 

Over the seasons, the show has catapulted dozens and dozens of contestants to influencer status—regardless of where they placed or if they are still in their original relationship (talking of which, these are the Love Island UK couples still together). Many gave been able to use their huge social media reach for sponsorship deals and other commercial opportunities. "I think women off Love Island make more money and are financially more lucrative," notes Sharon Gaffka to My Imperfect Life, of who tends to make most money after the villa.

According to research from SlotsUp (opens in new tab), Molly-Mae Hague and boyfriend Tommy Fury—who were runners up in season five—have become one of the wealthiest couples after leaving the show. Last year, The Sun (opens in new tab) reported that Hague had signed a seven-figure fashion deal with Pretty Little Thing, while Fury is building on his burgeoning boxing career. Meanwhile, newlyweds Alex and Olivia Bowen—who were runners-up in season two—are thought to be able to charge brands £10,000 per Instagram post. Err, is it too late to sign up?

Where can you watch the show?

The latest crop of singletons to swell the Love Island rich list are thought to be entering the villa for the new series of the show on Monday, June 6. Thereafter, all the action will be packed into gripping one-hour episodes that will air on ITV2 every night from Sunday to Friday, at 9 pm BST/ 4 pm ET—no kisses, fights or gossip missed. 

Missed an episode on TV, but want to know how to watch Love Island UK still? You can stream them online afterward on the ITV hub (opens in new tab) at a time convenient to you. If you're wondering when does Love Island go on ITV hub, it's soon after the episodes air on TV. Not in the UK? You can watch via a VPN (opens in new tab).

For even more dedicated fans of the series, there's also the spin-off show Love Island: Aftersun—following the Sunday episode—which will see a guest panel debriefing on the week, as well as exclusive clips and the first interviews with dumped Islanders. You may be wondering how long Love Island lasts? It is thought that the show will run for six weeks, meaning it will most likely wrap up in mid-July. We can't wait...

Lauren is a freelance writer and editor with more than six years of digital and magazine experience. Most recently, she has been the Acting Commissioning Editor of Women's Health—where she co-produced the Going For Goal podcast—and has previously also written news and features for titles including The Telegraph, Grazia, Stylist, Dazed, The Sun's Fabulous, Yahoo Style UK and Get The Gloss. She covers all aspects of lifestyle, specializing in health, beauty, and travel. Can't live without: oat milk lattes, new podcast episodes, long walks, and great skincare.