It’s been almost a year since
Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a bigoted social media attack against a fellow TLC star.
Jill Duggar quit the show as a gesture of solidarity.
That means, of course, that Jill and Derick have two kids to raise and no visible means of support.
Derick recently enrolled in law school, and while that may translate to decent earnings somewhere down the line, it still doesn’t answer the question of how the Dillards are paying the bills these days.
The situation has prompted several and media outlets to do some digging into the Dillards’ financial situation — and we think you’ll be very surprised by the results of their investigations.
Take a look:
Jill and the Dill
By all appearances, it’s been a rough couple years for Jill and Derick … and yet, the couple doesn’t appear to be struggling financially.
What’s Going On Here?
So how is it that two young parents are able to live comfortably and assume the additional financial burden of law school tuition with no apparent difficulty?
Well, it seems Jill and Derick may have done some serious saving during their time as reality stars.
The Big Bucks
Cast members on Counting On reportedly earn between $25,000 and $40,000 an episode.
It’s unclear where Jill fell on that scale, but since she and Jessa were once considered the stars of the show, it’s safe to assume she was pulling in 40 k.
Derick, on the Other Hand
As a non-Duggar, however, Derick probably earned in the $25,000 range.
Crunching the Numbers
On average, Counting On filmed about ten episodes per season during Jill and Derick’s time on the show.
Raking It In
Which means, the couple was earning roughly $650,000 a year. Not too shabby for a young couple living in Springdale, Arkansas.
Those Days Are Done
Of course, that money dried up a full year ago, and many guessed that the Dillards are beginning to worry about their financial future.
In fact, it was widely assumed that Derick made the decision to enroll in law school only after realizing that his days as a reality star were well and truly over, and it was high time to figure out a plan B.
But there are two important factors to consider when evaluating the Dillards’ financial situation.
The Book of Jim Bob
For one thing, the Duggars are taught from a young age that debt and profligate spending are sinful.
Squirreling It Away
As a result of her father’s teachings, it’s believed that Jill saved most of the money she earned during her time on the show.
On top of that, Jill has other revenue streams available to her aside from the show.
Call the Midwife
For one thing, despite ongoing controversies about her certification, Jill continues to find occasional work as a midwife.
Of course, as a major presence on social media with more than 1.6 million Instagram followers, the most lucrative work available to Jill is posting sponsored content.
Like her sisters, Jill endorses products, and she reportedly earns as much as $10,000 for sponsored posts.
Adding It Up
So what does this all mean for Jill and Derick’s bank account?
Not Too Shabby
Well, sources close to the couple have estimated that the Dillards are worth roughly $400,000. Not exactly Kardashian money, but a solid chunk of change.