How much a Jersey Shore star is paid

A lawsuit filed against Jersey Shore star Pauly D, aka Paul DelVecchio Jr., reveals his salary for the fifth season: $150,000 per episode for the 12-episode season, a raise from his fourth season salary of $100,000 per episode. Snooki and The Situation apparently have similar salaries, with the other cast members paid less; the cast all received six-figure raises for season four.

The Hollywood Reporter breaks down that salary, noting that he’ll get “money due from after-shows, reunion shows, merchandising, etc.,” which means a total of $2.1 million for the fifth season. It notes that he made $1.9 million for season four, which included a $200,000 bonus.

An E! News report quoted an anonymous source who essentially confirmed that the salary is accurate, and said “Pauly D, Snooki and The Situation make the most. It tiers down from that for the rest of the cast.”

Pauly D was sued by his former talent agency, ICM, for “$370,000 in back commission for the past two seasons of the show, plus 10 percent of whatever he makes in season six,” according to E!.

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