Jacqueline Laurita 'RHONJ' Salary: Star Will Be Highest Paid Cast Member When She Returns

11:12 AM EDT 8/18/2014 by Lindsay Cronin, Celebeat Reporter

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Jacqueline Laurita will soon be the highest paid cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

After being asked back to the show midway through filming on season six, Laurita was reportedly offered a whopping $850,000 for an "official housewive" role.

“Jacqueline will be making about $850,000 when she returns full time,” a source told Tom Murro, via an Aug. 18 report by Radar Online. “She even has been bragging that she made more being on Caroline Manzo’s show part time than the three new ladies made full time on RHONJ.”

After The Real Housewives of New Jersey season five, Laurita was allegedly fired and replaced with a set of new wives, including Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano. However, after the newbies, along with returning stars Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile, failed to deliver the ratings expected, producers contacted Laurita and asked her to return.

At the time Laurita's return was announced, Radar Online reported she was filming as a "friend of the housewives."

“Jacqueline has only shot one scene so far, with Kathy Wakile,” an insider revealed. “She isn’t back as a series regular.”

Since production began on Caroline Manzo's spinoff, Manzo'd With Children, Laurita has been making regular appearances, and although her salary is unknown, Radar's report claimed it was more than Marchese, Aprea and Napolitano were making on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which is $60,000 a piece.

As for the rest of the cast, Teresa Giudice is making $700,000, Melissa Gorga is making $250,000 and Dina Manzo is making $100,000.

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