Documenting your summer partying certainly pays off! The cast of Jersey Shore made a home in all MTV viewers' hearts as we watched Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Deena Cortese, and Pauly D gym, tan, laundry (GTL), and of course, party. With it being five years since the cast's reality TV farewell — and with the reunion debuting on E! tonight — many fans are still curious about one specific situation: the cast's financial situation.
How much money did the cast of Jersey Shore actually make while partying it up in Seaside Heights, NJ? Keep reading to find out details of each cast member's salary.
Jenni and Sami's notorious fight from Season 3. (Photo Credit: MTV)
As the show's top liners, Snooki, The Situation, and Pauly D all made $2 million in just one season. Radar Online reports the cast's per-episode salaries (as of Season 6, the final season) as such: Snooki, who was the fan-favorite on the show and stirred up ample amounts of drama by getting arrested for public intoxication, hooking up with her roommates regardless of gender, and getting pregnant in the last season, took home a whopping $150,000 per episode.
Snooki on the set of Jersey Shore. (Photo Credit: MTV)
Alongside her in salary range was her then-arch nemesis Mike, aka "The Situation," who made famous his routine of GTL, and got in several physical altercations. He also made $150K per episode, as did DJ Pauly D, the Rhode Island native who made his guido blowout hairstyle infamous and coined expressions like, "Cabs are HERE!" and "It's t-shirt time!"
Jenni "JWOWW" Farley — who quickly became Snooki's best friend and biggest defender — earned $100,000 per episode, thanks to her drunken escapades (like ditching the club to eat bologna and peeing behind a bar), her floundering relationship with a Long Island boyfriend, punching Mike in the face, and of course, the infamous beatdown that she gave Sammi Sweetheart.
Vinny took home $90K for his love triangle with Snooki and of course, his valiant efforts in unclogging that disgusting toilet in Season 6. Ronnie and Sam both took home $80,000 per episode, thanks to their volatile and often abusive relationship. Fans of the show will never forget such memes as Sam accusing Ron of "traumatizing me" or when Ronnie became so angry with Sam's alleged flirtatiousness that he attempted to throw her bed onto the outdoor deck.
The infamous scene where Ronnie destroyed all of Sam's belongings after she proclaimed, "I'm single!" at a bar. (Photo Credit: MTV)
Deena, the last member to join the cast in Season 3, earned $40K per episode, which many consider a shockingly low number. However, reports suggest that amount may have gone up as a direct result to all the drama Snooki's fellow meatball brought to Season 6. The 30-year-old former dental assistant got arrested, hooked up with girls, and quickly became a part of the boys' club MVP(D).
Are you shocked by the cast's Season 6 salaries? The Jersey Shore reunion premieres on E! tonight Sunday, Aug. 20. Check out how much the cast has changed in the video below