‘Swamp People’: How Much Do the Alligator Hunters Make From the Show?

by Katie Maloney

We know the “Swamp People” stars can bring in some alligators. But are they also raking in some dough from the show?

For the past 12 years, audiences have been fascinated by the Louisiana residents featured on the History Channel show, “Swamp People.” The show began by following the proud descendants of French Canadian refugees who settled in the swamp region of Louisiana in the 18th century. Fans watched as members of this fiercely independent community struggled to preserve their way of life in the Atchafalaya Basin. Since the show’s success, “Swamp People” has expanded to include hunters from other parts of Louisiana. The show also features the swamplands of Texas.

The show takes place during the most important time of year for swamp residents: alligator-hunting season. The season begins on the first Wednesday of September and lasts for 30 days. Each hunter is issued a set amount of tags that must be attached to the alligators they catch. Once their tags run out, their season is over. Many of the hunters earn the majority of their annual income in those 30 days so the pressure is on to use all of their tags before the season times out.

So, how much do the stars of “Swamp People” earn for being on the show?

How Much Do ‘Swamp People’ Stars Make?

Salaries vary greatly across the range of cast members. Currently, season 12 follows 19 cast members. One of the show’s most popular cast members, Troy Landry is said to earn the most from being on the show. He’s said to have a net worth of $2 million and earns $30,000 per month from the show. However, his son, Jacob Landry makes on $40 per episode of “Swamp People.” Some sources say that cast members make around $10,000 per episode.

Cast member Glenn Guist reportedly earned a net worth of $700,000 from “Swamp People.” Reports say that Terral Evans is a millionaire as a result of the show. However, Daniel Edgar has been on “Swamp People” since 2016 and he only makes around the cast average of $10,000 per episode. Now, $10K per episode doesn’t sound like too little, but compared to a few of the other cast members it’s not much. It’s unclear what some of the other cast members’ salaries include.

What Does A Non-Celebrity Alligator Hunter Make?

Hearing about that $2 million net worth may be enticing. But, remember, not every alligator hunter stars on a famous reality show like “Swamp People.” So, how much does the average (non-celebrity) alligator hunter make? Usually, alligator hunters work freelance and don’t make any money until they have an alligator to show. How much a hunter makes can vary greatly. However, some hunters report that they can earn up to $40 per foot of the alligator.