Lawsuit reveals exactly how many millions DJ Pauly D makes from Jersey Shore

How rich is DJ Pauly D

Those Jersey Shore kids are filthy rich. We all know it. They got stinky rich from wearing hair gel and spray tans while they got plastered and laid. Now, thanks to a lawsuit filed against DJ Pauly D by International Creative Management, we no longer have to speculate about exactly how many millions DJ Pauly D gets to party before our rapt eyes. (Not that he doesn’t necessarily deserve it, that show really pulls out the ratings.)

A suit filed by International Creative Management, ICM, says Pauly D and his company Blowout Enterprises majorly owe them over failure to pay percentages in a contractual representation agreement entered in January 2010. They claim they were able to negotiate Pauly’s large payments for appearing on Jersey Shore, and in exchange were supposed to get 10%.

Pauly D’s lawyer Hillary H Hughes claims that Pauly doesn’t owe ICM a dime because he left them for the William Morris Endeavor and says they’re trying to take advantage of the famous reality star.

“We are surprised by ICM’s contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor,” Hughes told TheWrap. “ICM was paid for its services. It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency.”

Whether or not Pauly actually owes them money, the suit gives a glimpse at exactly how much Pauly make from Jersey Shore (this doesn’t include any other money he gets through his own businesses, products, DJings, appearance fees, etc.) While the fees are high, even the most highly compensated reality stars don’t make as much as actors on equivalently rated scripted shows. Because Jersey Show has good ratings, the cast deserves to be compensated well. Pauly, and the rest of the cast, are also smart about developing their “characters” into profitable brands. Pauly has the added advantage of also having a skill, DJing. More power to him.

Here’s what Pauly made for Season 4 of Jersey Shore: $100,000 for each of the 12 episodes, plus a $400,000 signing bonus, and $200,000 “thank you” bonus. Total: $1.8 million.

No additional info on Season 5, might be similar to Season 4’s compensation.

For the upcoming Season 6, Pauly reportedly gets a raise to $175,000 each for 12 episodes, and will no doubt get other bonuses for signing, doing the reunion, etc.

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  • Melanie

    Wow. Wish I got paid a million dollars to drink, have lots of sex, and yell, “Cabs are heah!” Must be nice.

    • Diana

      I know right? But I imagine he spends half of that on hair gel alone.

  • InWonderland

    Not to mention his new spin off. Good for him though.

  • C

    I am glad for him because I do like Pauly D, but I wish people that saved lives and did other jobs similar would get paid the big bucks. They do deserve it more :/

  • ME

    This show is SO stupid! MTV GET REAL! FROM TEEN MOM TO THIS SHOW?! PLEASE TELL ME A POINT TO THIS! By the way, not to mention they are getting paid millions to do a fake show. There is proof on youtube. Type in proof jersey shore is fake.

    I also agree with you Melanie! great expression! and “Yea Buddy!” MTV goes from showing a commercial of to help teens not have sex then you have Jersey Shore bringing in random people for one night almost every night. There is a thing called STD’s out in this world. I guess MTV doesn’t care about that… I think they just care about ratings.

    • Mandy

      I remember starcasm had a post one time about a scene at a bar where snooki broke a bunch a bottles and stuff and it was so fake. The last couple of seasons were so hard to watch until this last season where I couldn’t watch because it was just too insulting to my intelligence! I won’t watch any of these spin off crap shows either.

  • angel.

    Although I agree w the statement that ppl who do things to help others should get compinsated more I also disagree that the is the most stupidest show. Its a show to have a good laugh with. U love these people u get attached to them. Its a good show on Tv that a lot of young adults love to enjoy. Pauly d deserves everything he has. He’s an outstanding man. Enough said.

  • Nattie

    Good for him that he makes this much money. If you don’t like him or the show, oh well. But don’t be hating because he’s a rich as fella.