Here’s How Michelle’s ‘Bachelorette’ Salary Compares to What She Makes as a Teacher

Michelle, "The Bachelorette" 2021
Photo: ABC/Sami Drasin.

If you watched her season on The Bachelor, you know that Michelle Young’s job isn’t an influencer or a podcast host but as a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Minnesota. But how doe Michelle’s Bachelorette salary compare to what she makes as a teacher? We have those answers ahead.

Michelle, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina, Minnesota, was a contestant on The Bachelor season 25 with Matt James, where she was the runner-up. Michelle was confirmed as the season 18 Bachelorette during the season 25 “After the Final Rose” special, where guest host Emmanuel Acho announced Michelle and Katie Thurston, who was eliminated in 10th place on Matt’s Bachelor season, as the next Bachelorettes. Katie, who was the season 17 Bachelorette, aired her season from June to August 2021. Michelle’s season will air from October to December 2021.

In an interview Entertainment Tonight in October 2021, Michelle explained that she wanted to find a love like her parents’ on The Bachelorette. “Growing up just with my parents, seeing how they treated each other through stressful times, I mean life is not always easy but the fact that they have been married for so long and they still laugh so hard? I am not going to settle for anything less,” she said. “That is what I am going to look for.” She continued. “Finding a relationship where it is not going to fade out. You can’t predict everything that is going to happen to you in your relationship but knowing that I have a person that is going to stick it out and has that same mindset is incredibly important.”

But back to Michelle Young’s job. Read on ahead for what we know about Michelle’s job and what she did before she became the season 18 Bachelorette.

What is Michelle Young’s job?

What is Michelle Young’s job? During Matt’s Bachelor season, Michelle listed her job as a “teacher.” She works as a fifth grade teacher at Normandale Hills Elementary School in Bloomington, Minnesota. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a public school teacher in Minnesota is $48,821 per year. Glassdoor also reports that salaries range from $32,000 on the low end to $74,000 on the high end.

According to Reality Steve, Michelle was the first choice to be the season 17 Bachelorette but because of her job as a fifth grade teacher, she didn’t want to leave her students during the school year like she did on Matt’s Bachelor season, so ABC postponed filming for her until the summer when school is out. While Michelle was still in school, Katie filmed her Bachelorette season, which is why there were two Bachelorettes in 2021.

Before she became a teacher, Michelle was a Division 1 college basketball player and played Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, from 2011 to 2015. According to PJ Star, Michelle was an all-state high school basketball champion in Woodbury, Minnesota. In her senior year of college from 2014 to 2015, Michelle averaged 12 points and 2.1 steals per game. She finished her basketball career with 1,062 points. While in college, Michelle also served on the Bradley Student-Athlete Advisory Council and its Ethnic Diversity Athletics Committee.

Who is Michelle Young?

Michelle, "The Bachelorette" 2021

Image: ABC/Sami Drasin.

How much did Michelle Young make on The Bachelorette?

So…how much did Michelle Young make as the Bachelorette? It’s unclear what Michelle’s exact Bachelorette salary was, but we can assume that she made around $100,000 for about two months’ worth of filming. According to Reality Steve, the current standard rate for Bachelors and Bachelorettes is $100,000. That said, there have been recent Bachelors and Bachelorettes who have made more or less, depending on how good their negotiations skills are.

For example, season 8 Bachelorette Emily Maynard made a reported $250,000 as the Bachelorette in 2012 thanks to negotiations. “The producers have completely changed the format this season in order to meet Emily’s demands,” a source told In Touch at the time.

What is Michelle Young’s net worth?

So how much is Michelle Young’s net worth? It’s unclear what Michelle’s net worth is exactly, but if we combine her teacher salary and what she makes as the Bachelorette, her worth should be around at least $148,000 However, with more than 500,000 Instagram followers at the time of her Bachelorette premiere, Michelle’s net worth is only expected to go up thanks to the many sponsorships she’s expected to field.

The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. Here’s how to watch it for free.


"Bachelor Nation" by Amy Kaufman

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Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

To get more of an inside scoop, check out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive into the Bachelor franchise. The book uncovers the secrets of Bachelor Nation, from how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are paid to the rules contestants have to follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation member.

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