Whistleblowers are making six and even seven figures. They're earning that from the Internal Revenue Service, hedge funds, private equity firms, arbitration panels, and lawsuits.
Not too long ago whistleblowers, no matter how noble their intentions, usually only suffered for their efforts. The saying was: The snitch winds up in the ditch. Enron's Sherron Watkins kept her concerns about irregularities internal, and afterward she was still unable to get another corporate job.