I did a breif internet search to see what I could discover about how survivors are payed based on what place they finish. This was in answer to some questions I spotted in serval boards.
Well didnt find exact stuff. But did find some interesting tidbits...
Here is stuff from Survivor borneo. Deals with the rules and payout..http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/show/rules.shtml
The rules of Survivor are designed not only to uphold the premise of the show, but to promote the safety of all castaways and crewmembers. The prize for following all these rules and making it to the very end is one million dollars, but consolation cash prizes will be awarded to the other castaways based on their order of elimination. The consolation prizes will range from approximately $2500 for the first castaway ousted from the island to approximately $100,000 for the runner-up to the final Survivor.
Several actions can result in immediate elimination from the contest and expulsion from the island, as well as forfeiture of any prize. If you were one of the survivors, you wouldn't want to do any of these things:
Try to conspire to share the prize. The million dollars may be won by one and only one individual. Survivors are prohibited from sharing or making any agreement to share all or any portion of the prize.
Enter the production area. The area designated for the production crew is strictly off-limits to the survivors.
Break the law. Even though they are stranded on a remote tropical island, the castaways will still be held to U.S. law, as well as local law. Any breach of those laws is against the contest rules.
Miss an Island Council or a challenge. Island Council meetings are mandatory for all castaways, and everyone is required to vote. In addition, sitting out of a challenge that requires the participation of all survivors is not allowed.
Damage the island environment. Only designated fruits, vegetables and marine life are allowed to be harvested as food. In addition, the survivors may not leave litter or any other debris in the water or around the island, and they will be obliged to give full consideration to the ecological impact of everything they do on the island.
Act up. Any misconduct is against the rules, including but not limited to stealing or misappropriating food, harming other castaways or crewmembers, and acts of violence.
and found this interesting tidbit. Seems BOTH Tom and Lex got $100,00 dollars for Africa as well as kim P.http://www.unofficialsurvivorguide.com/surv3news.html
Tom and Lex Get Runer-Up Prize For Error - $100,000 Each (02/20/02)
From the Associated Press:
'Survivor' Error Brings More Prizes
Wed Feb 20, 4:11 PM ET
Contestants Lex van den Berghe of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Tom Buchanan of Rich Valley, Va., were bumped up in the standings, CBS said Wednesday. They join the original runner-up, Kim Johnson, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., all receiving a second-place prize of $100,000.
Ethan Zohn of Lexington, Mass., remains the $1 million top winner.
"It was an honest mistake, simply attributable to human error during the production of the series," CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. "The producers feel horrible about it and they dealt with the situation as soon as they became aware of it."
The problem occurred during one of the final immunity challenges, in which contestants were asked to identify which of the female players did not have any body piercings.
Johnson was declared the winner of the challenge when she picked Kelly Goldsmith. But it was later found that van den Berghe's answer — Lindsey Richter — also was correct.
The mistake was discovered by the series' producers during the Jan. 10 broadcast of the finale, CBS said. A week later, they decided to award second-place prize money to each of the three runners-up.
And again just one last item. Love this humor I found...
When only eight contestants remain, the tribes merge; the luxury challenges are every-human-for-themself, as are the immunity challenges (only the winner is exempt from being voted out). When only two remain, a jury of the seven most recent banished players votes on the grand prize winner, who gets $1,000,000. The runner-up receives $100,000; the others get an undisclosed amout based on how long they were in the game. Some unfortunate losers have to appear in a movie with Rob Schneider; others marry football players and then become more famous than their husband. The eighth edition, to begin Feb. 2004, will feature 16 previous contestants - including at least four of the seven winners - back for a shot at another million. The tribe has spoken. It's time for you to go.