One of the coolest things about being on Teen Mom is that you can totally make a lot of money for you and your family.
Like, a lot.
The moms and original dads of the MTV franchise make hundreds of thousands per season, if you can even believe it.
They also get to travel for free when filming, which is pretty neat since we've been seeing more vacations on the show.
At least in pre-Covid times. Anyway ...
But besides the show itself, cast members are pulling in crazy amounts of cash from all kinds of wild and crazy places these days.
"Like where?" you may be wondering.
Well, wonder no further ...
Not only do we have the freshest intel on how the Moms make their loot, we finally know exactly who's the wealthiest.
So scroll on for the latest, and as a bonus you can enjoy the slow financial declines of Jenelle Evans. You know you've been waiting for this!
As we've said, the original cast members -- the moms and the dads of their first children -- all make the same amount, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000 to $400,000 a season. But what else does everyone do?
Jumping Right In
Before we get to HOW they make their money, let's give you what you came here for. In ascending order, the ten richest members of the Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 casts are as follows:
Jade Cline - $250,000
Jade is a newcomer, which means her salary isn't as high as the other girls'. But she's got some side hustles (like selling diet gummies), and she's already attained a net worth of $250,000.
Cheyenne Floyd - $450,000
Cheyenne is also a newcomer, but at the time she joined the cast, she was already known to some fans from her appearances on Are You The One. Ms. Floyd is worth $450,000.
Jenelle Evans - $500,000 (Reported)
Yes, believe it or not, multiple outlets list Jenelle Evans' net worth at half a million dollars. We find that hard to believe, especially since she appears to be broke as a joke these days. More on that later.
Briana DeJesus - $750,000
Briana's a born hustler. The combination of Teen Mom 2 stardom and multiple business ventures has brought her to a net worth of $750,000.
Amber Portwood - $1.1 Million
Here's where it really starts getting depressing. Believe it or not, Amber Portwood is a millionaire!
Leah Messer - $1.2 Million
Leah, on the other hand, has struggled mightily and come through it with a smile on her face. We're cool with her being valued at $1.2 million.
Catelynn Lowell - $1.3 Million
Catelynn's clothing line has helped her reach a net worth of $1.3 million. As a bonus, her husband, Tyler Baltierra, is just as well-off.
Kailyn Lowry - $1.7 Million
Now we're getting into the really big bucks. Kailym Lowry is worth a reported $1.7 million.
Chelsea Houska - $2 Million
Not to be outdone, TM2 star and fashion designer Chelsea Houska is worth about $2 million. Her husband, Cole DeBoer, is also a top-earner, appearing in nearly every new episode of the show.
Farrah Abraham - $5 Million
We know, we know ... this one hurts. Farrah became the wealthiest Teen Mom thanks to a settlement from a wrongful dismissal suit against MTV and Viacom. As for how the rest of the Moms got so wealthy, well ... that's a different story.
Let's start with reviewing Amber's side hustles -- this will be the easiest to do, because she really doesn't have any.
She shares articles on her Instagram page, which brings in some money, and she did appear on that one season of Marriage Boot Camp a couple of years ago, so that's something.
A Quick Hobby
For a little while there, she got into flipping houses with Matt Baier, but she hasn't done that since he's been gone.
She did have that sketchy clothing company for a little while, Forever Haute, but she hasn't talked about it in a very long time, and the brand's Facebook page hasn't been updated for a year and a half, so it's probably safe to say that that's done.
Right now, she's facing years in prison after assaulting Andrew Glennon, so she's probably not thinking so much about her next business venture, you know?
As for how much money Amber still has, it's hard to say. She's had to have earned an insane amount of money of the years, but with all the lawyer fees and court costs she's had to pay, as well as all the money that's gone to drugs, she may not have as much as you'd imagine. Especially with the recent report that a family friend had to post bail for her after her latest arrest ...
As an original dad, Gary makes the same money that Amber does, but unlike Amber, he's been very smart with it.
Like, the guy used to sell condoms with his face on them, he knows what he's doing.
In addition to the condoms, Gary used to sell homemade baked goods -- he loves to cook! These days, he owns a few homes that he rents out, and he's a cop now, too!
Sounds About Right
Gary reportedly has a net worth of around $500,000, which sounds right -- all things considered, he just may be set for life.
While Gary is probably set for life at this point because of his massive salary and his smart choices, Matt isn't in the same boat at all.
He only appeared on the show for a couple of seasons as Amber's boyfriend, so his pay was reportedly somewhere around $5,000 to $10,000 per episode.
He did Marriage Boot Camp with Amber, so he made something there, and he's released a book. But these days, he lives in Las Vegas and seems to do quite a bit of gambling. We can't imagine he has much, if any, of his Teen Mom money left, and if he did, it would probably all go to child support.
Andrew probably earned the same thing Matt did, but unlike Matt, he had a steady career before he became a regular on Teen Mom -- he worked in film.
He worked in production on Marriage Boot Camp, which is where he met Amber, and after they started dating, he did some stuff with some buddies for a film. He's also gotten into day trading and he seems to be doing well with it.
There's no word on exactly how much money he has these days, but considering that he's the son of a famous cinematographer who grew up in Malibu, we'd say he's going to be OK regardless.
Moving right along to Maci, who, of course, makes bank from the show. Like most of the moms, she posts articles on social media too, but most of us already know what her biggest side hustle is.
Things That Matter
Along with husband Taylor McKinney, Maci owns a clothing company called Things That Matter, and unlike Amber's Forever Haute, they put a whole lot of work into it.
In addition to all that, she works full-time with a social media marketing company -- she runs the company, too, but she's said she keeps all that work "very separate" from her Teen Mom stuff.
OK, and are you ready for this? Her net worth is speculated to be somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS. Not to bad for a teen mom, huh?
It's going to be a bit of a shock to go from discussing Maci's amazing work ethic to talking about Ryan's, but, well, here we are.
When you think of Ryan these days, you may focus on all the drugs and the arrests, but he actually does have a work history besides Teen Mom -- he used to be a lineman.
A couple of years ago Mackenzie Standifer claimed that he still worked as a lineman, and that he was also a diesel mechanic, but we're not sure if he's still doing any of that. It seems kind of unlikely, given the fact that he spent a few months in jail earlier this year, but we really don't know much else about the situation.
Unfortunately, he probably doesn't have too much money left -- Mackenzie has claimed that he spent $10,000 a week on drugs at the height of his addiction.