The new season of American Idol is just days away, and the celebrity judges who helm the show will be laughing all the to the bank.

The longtime judging panel of Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry are returning for the upcoming Season 22, which is set to premiere on Feb. 18, 2024, on ABC. Perry has already revealed that she plans to leave the show after the new season wraps, but she'll walk away significantly richer.

In fact, according to multiple reports, Perry is one of the highest-paid judges in American Idol history, second only to the original judge, Simon Cowell, who reportedly earned a whopping $36 million per year for his role on the show.

RELATED: Aretha Franklin's Granddaughter Auditions for American Idol

Former country judge Keith Urban earned $8 million each season in his previous on the iconic reality singing competition, but Bryan is earning significantly more than that in 2024, which also makes him one of the highest-paid judges in the show's history. Even so, he's pulling down far less than the $18 million per year that Mariah Carey earned during her run on the show, and less than Jennifer Lopez' $17.5 million per season, too.

Bryan actually earns less than half of Perry's whopping salary, but it's still enough to put him way ahead of iconic judges including Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Harry Connick Jr. and more.

100.7 WITL logo
Get our free mobile app

Music legend Lionel Richie, meanwhile, actually earns a bit less than Bryan, and significantly less than Perry.

Read on to see what the judges on American Idol stand to earn during the 2024 season:

See the Stunning Salaries of the 'American Idol' Judges

The new season of American Idol is about to launch, and the judging panel of Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Gallery Credit: Sterling Whitaker

Country 'American Idol' Stars Who Disappeared

We cheered for them. We voted for them. We followed them. Then, these seven American Idol stars vanished. Or, at least it seems like it.

What happened to some of country music's best American Idol contestants over the last 20 years? This list of country American Idol stars who disappeared includes a winner, a runner-up and a third place finisher, plus several early cuts who enjoyed radio success before losing touch with fans.

14 'American Idol' Singers Who Secretly Hooked Up — Or Did They?

At least two couples who met through American Idol got married, while one more could be headed in that direction. Not all American Idol hookups have a happy ending, however. Here are seven of the most talked about meet-ups, plus the real scoop on how serious things got.

More From 100.7 WITL