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: the info on how much the cast members are reportedly worth. Keep in mind that it's difficult to know exactly what a celebrity's net worth is, especially when you consider how much some of the Teen Mom crew spends in lawyer fees, but we'll do our best, OK?
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 around $250,000.
Cheyenne Floyd - $450,000
Cheyenne is also one of the newer cast members, 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 - $30,000
There was a time that Jenelle's net worth was much, much higher -- just a few years ago, it was reported to be around $2 million. However, more recent reports claim that she's now worth about $30,000. This makes sense, considering she doesn't appear on the show anymore and she and David Eason have burned through so much of her reality show fortune paying for lawyers and court fees.
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 - ???
This one is interesting, because while some sites list Amber's net worth at a little over a million dollars, quite a few claim that these days, her net worth is only $10,000. Considering how little she seems to do and how often she's had to pay for lawyers, we have to imagine to $10,000 figure is much closer to the truth.
Maci Bookout - $1.5 Million
Maci is another Teen Mom with some serious hustle, so it makes sense that she's worth well over a million dollars.
Leah Messer - $1.2 Million
Meanwhile, Leah is worth somewhere between $750,000 and $1.2 million. Good for her, right?
Catelynn Lowell - $1.3 Million
Catelynn lives pretty frugally compared to most of her fellow Teen Moms, so a $1.3 million net worth makes sense. Tyler's is reported to be about the same.
Kailyn Lowry - $1.7 Million
Now we're getting into the really big bucks. Kailyn Lowry is worth a reported $1.7 million.
Chelsea Houska - $200,000
Again, there are conflicting reports for Chelsea's net worth, but the most recent reports put it around $200,000.
Farrah Abraham - $1 Million
Love her or hate her, there's no denying that Farrah's got some hustle, and that's why she's one of the few Teen Moms with a reported net worth of $1 million. Her father has actually claimed that she's got quite a bit more money that that even, but we can't really trust that. Still, a million dollars is certainly nothing to shake a stick at.
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 few 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 in over three years, so it's probably safe to say that that's done.
Right now, she's on probation for being convicted of assaulting Andrew Glennon, so her money-making opportunities may be a bit limited.
As for how much money Amber still has these days, 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 news that she's been sued for not paying the $600 fee for her homeowner's association -- times must be tough, you know?
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 too 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, considering how much time he's spent in jail and rehab over the past few years, but we really don't know for sure.