Thanks to drunken hook-ups with roommates, seemingly endless relationship drama, and a memorable duck phone that quacked instead of rang, the cast of Jersey Shore made bank during their six-season run on MTV. While each member made some serious cash, who was the richest person on Jersey Shore?
The cast sure have had their financial ups and downs over the years. From now-defunct businesses and promotion deals to tax fraud and legal battles, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, DJ Pauly D, Vinny Guadagnino, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and the long-lost roommate Angelina Pivarnick might have more (or less!) in their bank accounts than most fans would think.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino net worth: $300,000
Despite his relatively low net worth — at least in comparison to Mike's co-stars — The Situation was one of Jersey Shore's top earners. Like Snooki, Mike, who was known for his diabolical plans, mastermind thwarting, and of course, his rock-hard abs, made $2 million in just a single season, thanks to his earnings of $150,000 per episode.
The Staten Island native appeared on Season 11 of Dancing With the Stars, launched a book, and has a DVD fitness series, a vitamin line, and a clothing line. He released one single during his rather short-lived rap career and participated in an abstinence public service announcement in 2010.
So where did Snitch — uh, Sitch — go wrong? Tax fraud, naturally. In 2017, it came to light that Mike was indicted in Newark, New Jersey, on charges of tax evasion and filing a false tax return for his clothing line business, Situation Nation. Mike currently faces up to 20 years in prison and because of these charges, his net worth has taken a dramatic hit.
Deena Nicole Cortese net worth: $1 million
The now-married 31-year-old New Jerseyan joined the series during Season 3 after Angelina Pivarnick made her second and final exit from the series. While it's been previously reported that Deena made a shockingly low sum in comparison to her Shore House co-horts — a measly $40K per episode — it's believed that Deena's salary increased over time, especially because of the amount of drama Snooki's fellow meatball served up.
By Season 6, Deena had been arrested, was filmed hooking up with both girls and guys, showed full-frontal nudity, and forced fans to love her because of her self-given nickname "Blast in a Glass."
Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola net worth: $2 million
When you're involved in perhaps what many consider one of the most volatile relationships on television, you're going to make bank. Sammi took home $80,000 per episode thanks to all the relationship drama she and her then-boyfriend Ronnie Ortiz-Magro brought to the show at the time. After filming pivotal moments in her relationship with Ron — such as the aftermath of their breakup when Ron destroyed all of her belongings and attempted to throw her bed onto the balcony outside — Sammi's earnings upped to $150,000 per episode, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Post Jersey Shore, Sammi launched a perfume called "Dangerous," and appeared in the 2012 film The Three Stooges. She also partnered with SXE Fitness to create a collection of active wear, which features yoga pants, athleisure jackets, and sports bras. Additionally, Sammi co-hosts a podcast called Just Sayin'.
Angelina Pivarnick net worth: $2 million
Wow, that seems shockingly high for the girl we've all come to know as "the dirty little hamster." But according to Celebrity Net Worth, Angelina's been raking in more cash than we suspected. Ang gave Jersey Shore her best shot for two seasons — one while filming in Seaside Heights, NJ, and one in Miami, FL — but both times, the 31-year-old star left the house to go home. By the third season, Angelina had ditched the cast for good — that is, until she returned for Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
In Season 1, Angelina reportedly made $3,000 per episode while in Season 2, she was upped to $15K per episode. After reality TV, the self-proclaimed "Kim Kardashian of Staten Island" returned to her regular life and became an EMT for the FDNY.
Jenni "JWoww" Farley net worth: $3 million
The Long Island native infamously whacked Mike "The Situation" in the face in Atlantic City, lost all of her lashes and nails during a physical fight with Sammi "Sweetheart," and cheated on her boyfriend at the time with Pauly D (lest we forget how JWoww aired Pauly's dirty laundry out to the world, drunkenly announcing Pauly's penis piercing on camera). JWoww, who became notorious for her theme song introduction title "after I have sex with a guy, I'll rip their heads off," made $100,00 per episode of Jersey Shore before moving on to her spinoff with Nicole Polizzi, Snooki & JWoww.
The 32-year-old mom of two and wife to Roger Mathews appeared on other reality series such as TNA Impact!, Disaster Date, and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. She also penned a book The Rules According to JWOWW: Shore-Tested Secrets on Landing a Mint Guy, Staying Fresh to Death, and Kicking the Competition to the Curb, as well as promoted her suntanning products line, clothing line Filthy Couture, and her design company Jenni Farley Designs, Inc.
Vinny Guadagnino net worth: $3 million
After viewers fell in love with Vinny's classic Italian-American charm and his mother — a stint that earned him $90K per episode — the 30-year-old pursued a career in acting and comedy. He appeared on The Hard Times of RJ Berger, 90210, The Great Food Truck Race, and Guy Code, starred in Vinny & Ma Eat America, and hosted the talk show The Show With Vinny.
He also wrote a New York Times bestseller, Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool after going public with his mental health and anxiety issues.
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro net worth: $3 million
"Rahn stahp, you're tramautizing me" will forever be the line associated with 32-year-old Ronnie. Who can forget the many tumultuous fights he had with his former on-screen flame Sammi — like the time he cheated on her in the club, causing Snooki and JWoww to write Sammi an anonymous note about his infidelity? Ronnie, who got paid $80,000 per episode and then later, $150,000 after increasing the show's drama with the ever-looming possibility of fights, cheating scandals, and a raging temper, was charged with aggravated assult for punching a man, causing him to go unconscious.
In the past, Ronnie has promoted products like the weight-loss pill Xenadrine and made an appearance in the 2012 film The Three Stooges. Ron also made an appearance on Impact Wrestling, Snooki & JWoww, and Famously Single. He just welcomed his first child with baby mama, Jen Harley, whom he has since split from.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi net worth: $4 million
Since so much of Jersey Shore's massive success is in part due to just how memorable Snooki is as a character, it's safe to say the mom of two has been raking in the dough. With unforgettable catch-phrases like "meatball problems" and "WAH!" and a penchant for doing backflips at the club, the 30-year-old reality star quickly emerged as a fan-favorite on the MTV series. And it ended up paying off.
Snooks amped up the series' drama by getting arrested for public intoxication, getting in a collision with a police officer's car while in Italy, hooking up with both men and women, and of course, becoming pregnant. For her drunken escapades during the final two seasons of JS, Snooki brought home $150,000 per episode, making an easy $2 million in a single season.
As Nicole's next venture into reality television, she and bestie Jenni Farley began filming their own spinoff show — Snooki and JWoww — about their relationships, eventual marriages, pregnancies, and family lives. The spinoff lasted four seasons.
As of May 2017, Celebrity Net Worth reported Snooki's wealth as over $4 million. However, this number might not reflect Snooki's pay-out after the 2018 revival, Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio net worth: $20 million
Apparently being an internationally-known DJ pays! In addition to making $150,000 per episode of Jersey Shore, like his co-stars Snooki and The Situation, DJ Pauly D went on to star in his own spinoff series The Pauly D Project. He gained a passionate fan base — not only because of his passion for music and DJing — but because of the timeless mantras he contributed to Jersey Shore: "It's T-shirt time," "The cabs are here," as well as being a part of the group MVP (which eventually became MVP-D to accommodate Deena Cortese, who hit it off with the other then-single guys in the group, Pauly, Vinny, and Mike).
Pauly D became the exclusive DJ for Moon, Rain, and the Palms Pool at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also secured a three-album deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records and G-Note Records. In 2011, he opened for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale tour and most recently, joined the cast of Famously Single, a reality series on E! in 2016. That same year, he released the single "Did You Know."