There’s no denying season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston is the total package — and that includes a surprisingly high net worth! According to multiple outlets, the Washington native is worth between an estimated $1 and $5 million. To learn more about how Katie makes her money, keep reading.
Katie Thurston has a large social media following:
Boasting well over 800,000 followers on Instagram alone, the 30-year-old can be considered an influencer. Her accounts are likely to keep growing significantly as her season inches closer to the finale in August 2021.
Katie Thurston was on The Bachelor:
Katie competed on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor and was eliminated during episode 6. Although contestants aren’t paid anything, exposure on the series leads to more business opportunities, like podcasts, appearances, brand deals and more.
Katie Thurston is the Bachelorette:
Now that Katie is a leading lady, the job comes with a proper paycheck! “They really just match whatever you’d be making in the real world during the months that it tapes. And then you have the experience that kind of pays for the rest,” former Bachelor Ben Higgins explained during an interview with BuzzFeed in 2016. “You don’t do The Bachelor to make money, I will say that.”
However, according to Bachelor Nation author Amy Kaufman it’s “incredibly rare for someone to make less than six figures” for their appearance.
Katie Thurston worked as a bank marketing manager:
According to several outlets, the average salary of a bank marketing manager in Washington is $114,612.
Clearly, Katie makes a solid living. But will her success in business translate to success in love? An insider told Life & Style Katie’s season will continue to be “drama-filled” right until the end.
“It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster for Katie. She doesn’t hold back and will tell it like it is. At one point, she threatened to quit the show,” the insider said. “It really got to her and she couldn’t take it anymore. She just walked away from the cameras. She kept changing how she felt and her thoughts were all over the place. You will see later on this season how difficult it was for her.”
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