'Homestead Rescue' Cast's Salary And Production Value Explained
Discovery Channel's Homestead Rescue—a reality show centered around off-grid homeowners teaching to fortify life in the wilderness—may not seem to have much of a production value, at least initially.
But the series starring the Raney family; father Marty Raney, daughter Misty Raney, and son Matt Raney, has a much higher budget and a large crew despite being a show about sustaining with limited means.
The program's scale further suggests that the Raney family probably earn a good salary off-screen despite their reluctance to flaunt their wealth in front of the camera
'Homestead Rescue' Shows Have High Production Value
The homesteading Raney family, as per the show's premise, travels from place to place, helping people learn wilderness skills needed to live and thrive against the elements — or at least that's what happens on-screen. However, what isn't shown is the amount of help they receive behind-the-scenes.
These are reality shows at the end of the day and have substantial investments from various stakeholders — in this case, the two production companies are with the show: Raw Television and All3Media. These companies produce the show for Discovery.
According to IMDb, Homestead Rescue, which has been on air since 2016, boasts a long list of crew members to help with the production. The database reveals that the series has had five directors up until this point in the show. Among them, four have directed two episodes each from 2016 to 2017, and Mike Griffiths, the fifth director, has directed some unknown number of episodes to this day.
Delving further into the cast list reveals that there are more producers than you can care to remember. Similar is the case for film editing, casting, and music department of the show.
We can also see many others who directly get involved during shooting of the series, including but not limited to people in the camera and electrical department, sound department, location management team, and the additional crew consisting of loggers, child labor coordinator, set medic, armorer, clearance manager, etc. — all of which points out to the staggering amount of resources spent on the series.
And According to Wren and Ini, a couple who were a part of the show in the past, there were at least 20 people at their little homestead where the shooting took place. They also revealed that there was a person whose sole job was to clean the cameras used for filming.
As for the spinoff Homestead Rescue: Raney's Ranch, IMDb doesn't kisclose the behind-the-scenes crew. However, it would not be such a leap to assume that people working in the Homestead Rescue are working in the spinoff.
The Raneys also Get Additional Support from External Sources
Even though the Raney family do most of their building and solve problems themselves, they get quite a lot of assistance from third-parties.
On one such occasion, the family got help from Scout Construction LLC, a construction company situated in Mansfield, Ohio. During an episode that was being shot in Morrow County, they were brought in to help with activities such as excavating and cobbing.
In another instance, Wren and Ini, too, admitted that the Raney family used some assistance from a Missouri log building company in building a cabin for them.
The Raneys did a lot of building and have incredible work ethic, but the cabin was mainly built by a Missouri log building company, Sticks and Stones: Real Log Homes
Further, the couple also named two other companies — Warren's Mill and Cooper Well Drilling — that assisted in constructing the site.
How Much Salary do The Raney’s Family Earn?
Now that we have established that Homestead Rescue shows are not cheap endeavors let's talk about how much the main cast — the Raney Family — earn from the show.
The difficult thing here is that neither of the Raney family members associated with the show nor Discovery has revealed their salaries. However, we can take information from other sources to know if they are really making that much money.
As Business Insider reports, the "A" players on a cable reality show — the central characters of a show — get around $30 thousand to $10 million per season. This is the category where the family falls.
At the same time, Homestead Rescue shows aren't mega-famous, and thus, it would be safe to assume that the other cast members aren't getting paid the maximum salaries.