Gym, tan, laundry … bank? Vinny Guadagnino‘s fist-pumping action on MTV’s Jersey Shore made him a household name, but he’s made an immense fortune beyond the shore. Keep reading to find out what Vinny Guadagnino’s net worth is and how he makes his meatballs.

What Is Vinny Guadagnino’s Net Worth?

In 2024, the MTV star is worth an estimated $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Vinny Guadagnino Got His Start on ‘Jersey Shore’

Vinny became a reality TV star at age 21 while appearing on the wildly popular MTV series Jersey Shore, which he starred on from 2009 to 2012. The show, which featured eight housemates living and partying in a vacation house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, launched the Staten Island native’s career.

According to Radar Online, the cast allegedly made at least $10,000 a season following the first season, but by season 6 of the hit show, Vinny was reportedly making an astounding $90,000 per episode. The sixth and final season of Jersey Shore featured 13 episodes, meaning Vinny likely made over a million dollars. 

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However, he earned nothing for the first season. 

“We did the first season for nothing, zero dollars, except whatever we made at the Shore Store. Me and Ronnie, the first week, we told production, ‘Listen, I think we have to leave. We don’t have any money.’ I’d just graduated college, I didn’t have a job,” Vinny told Vulture in 2018. “One night, they paid us to promote at Club Karma. I think they gave us like 500 bucks. At the time, if you handed me 500 bucks, that was like handing me a million dollars. I was good for the rest of the summer.”

The cast worked in Danny Merk‘s T-shirt shop during the show and stayed in his guest home for free.

“They started off at $10 an hour, then it went to $15, and then I think I gave them 20 bucks an hour at the very end. You live in a beach house for free and get 20 bucks an hour?” Danny told Vulture. “It was great money!”

Vinny Guadagnino Stars In ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’

While Jersey Shore was one of the most popular reality shows on the air during its heyday, its spin-off, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation – which first started airing in 2018 –  hasn’t held the same massive audience. It is unknown how much Vinny is paid to appear on the show, but a story and field producer on the show revealed on Reddit that they “don’t think it’s anywhere near what they used to make, only because the ratings aren’t to par with the original seasons.” 

Despite being less popular than the original show, Vinny and his costars have continued to appear on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation and returned for season 7 in February 2024.

Vinny Guadagnino Is an Actor and Talk Show Host

After the original Jersey Shore ended, Vinny took acting lessons and appeared in MTV’s comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger and in the Syfy original movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack.

In 2013, Vinny also hosted his own talk show, The Show with Vinny, where guests would have dinner with his family. He also appeared on the Cooking Channel’s Vinny & Ma Eat America.

Vinny also starred on Double Shot at Love with fellow Jersey Shore alum DJ Pauly D.

The Keto Guido cookbook author also appeared on The Masked Dancer in 2021. According to Bustle, celebrities likely do not get paid to appear on the show but rather do it just for fun. 

He continued to expand his reality TV career by appearing on season 2 of All Star Shore in 2023.

Vinny Guadagnino Appeared on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 31

Vinny took his dance moves from Karma to the grand dance floor on season 31 of the long-running competition show, Dancing With the Stars. Contestants get paid a whopping $125,000 for rehearsals and the first two weeks of the show, according to a 2022 report from Variety

The longer contestants last on the show, however, the more money they earn. Unfortunately, Vinny and partner Koko Iwasaki were eliminated from the show after ‘90s night, in which they performed a tango to Haddaway’s “What Is Love?” and a samba relay to “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” by En Vogue. They made it to week eight of the competition, the furthest any Jersey Shore cast member has gone on the show.

Vinny Guadagnino Owns Real Estate

In December 2022, Vinny gave fans an inside look into his New York City bachelor pad with viral social media star Caleb Simpson. 

“I actually own my place. I don’t pay rent,” Vinny told Caleb before taking him into his stunning minimalist apartment.

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