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'Teen Mom' Stars Earn $60,000 a Season: How Come They're So Broke All the Time?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 29th 2010 2:20PM
'Teen Mom' stars Maci and FarrahAny fan of MTV's 'Teen Mom' knows that one of the major plot points on the show is how the young mothers struggle financially to take care of their children. But according to a recent report from Life & Style magazine, the teen moms earn between $60,000 and $65,000 for an 11-episode season.

That means since the show started airing less than a year ago, each of the 'Teen Mom' stars has earned around $120,000. We're going to assume the actual amount of cash they see is a lot less than that amount -- minus taxes, trusts for the children (we hope), and other miscellaneous expenses -- but still. That is a more than livable salary, even with the added expense of raising a child.

Sure, it doesn't compare to the $30,000 per episode each 'Jersey Shore' cast member makes, but MTV has handled 'Teen Mom' much differently than its other, flashier reality hit. It's been reported that the network specifically does not extend the moms invitations to its high-profile events, like the Video Music Awards or the MTV Movie Awards. You don't see them walking red carpets because the network is trying to keep their lives as normal as possible.

Financial struggles are a major part of any parent's life, especially a teen's, but it seems like they're either not spending their money wisely or their minor fiscal issues are getting blown out of proportion.

What do you think? Are the stars just not handling their cash well, or is MTV turning minor problems into major ones?

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Occam's razor:the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Maybe the whole being broke thing is all a part of the show. Wouldn't be the first time a reality show tinkered with reality.

October 30 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've never watched Teen Mom but so many of MTVs reality shows appear scripted with out-of-work actors being the stars. Jersey Shore, Laguna Beach, etc. look so fake. Some shows like Date My Mom, Parental Control look even more fake.

October 30 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was reading an article talking about someone taking donations to send catelynn and tyler to college but now it kind of seems like they dont need it. Speaking of does tyler make any money, it seems he is just as featured as catelynn is.

October 29 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They all go out to eat for every meal in every episode. That's always annoyed me about the show. When I'm broke and hungry I hit the spam isle at walmart.

October 29 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As someone who went to a college costing over $40k a year, I'd kill to make $60k a year, and I'm 6 years out of college.

Stupid political science/philosophy degree.

October 29 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wait, so kids who didn't have the foresight to use birth control aren't savvy enough to live on $60,000 per year?

What a revelation.

Snark aside, it is probably a combination of the narrative forced on the show by the producers and the network coupled with the lottery effect. People who get money in a windfall with no cause and effect association and no education to handle it tend to have a hard time managing that money.

October 29 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was watching this show with my wife and we had the conversation that they must get paid for the show. We decided that the money was probably put into a trust or something until the show had ended. $60,000/yr isn't an insane amount of money but it would impact the shows narrative of how hard it is to be a teen mom.

October 29 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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