Teen Mom has become one of MTV's most successful reality TV shows, and the stars of the decade-long franchise have come a long way financially since their 16 and Pregnant days. The stars of the series, which include OG moms Farrah Abraham and Catelynn Lowell, helped spawn a lucrative reality franchise that includes Teen Mom 2, Teen Mom 3, Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, and Teen Mom: Young Moms Club. And with that comes a fat payday for the once-struggling young mothers. So what do the stars of the Teen Mom franchise make? No more paycheck to paycheck here!
The Teen Mom 2 star originally chronicled on 16 and Pregnant told Jared and Katie in the Morning that she made around half a million dollars off the series—and that was in 2015. At the time, Jenelle Evans said she "wasn't allowed to discuss" her salary, according to In Touch Weekly.
But in June 2019, Jenelle was forced to reveal her salary in a child support case for her now-husband David Eason. Jenelle testified that she earned over $400,000 in 2018 alone "as a participant on a reality TV program," per court docs obtained by Radar Online. Since Jenelle's income has undoubtedly increased each season since first starring in Teen Mom 2 in 2011, it's likely she has made millions over the past decade. Unfortunately for her bank account, MTV stopped filming with Jenelle after her husband allegedly shot their family dog in April of this year.
Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer has also earned her share from the MTV franchise, raking in a whopping $300,000 per season on Teen Mom 2, the show she has starred in since 2011, Radar Online reports. While she's making bank, Leah's generous nature has cost her. Last month on her Pressing Pause to Reboot podcast, the reality star revealed that she has given a lot of handouts to her loved ones, per Radar. Leah revealed that she forked over cash for "cars and houses and this and that" for her family so she wouldn't be seen as "this stuck-up person from a TV show" and added that she once handed $40,000 to her father Gary Lee Miller "just to keep [him] around." Leah also said her generosity with money caused her divorce from ex-husband Jeremy Calvert.
Longtime Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry is also reportedly looped into that $300,000+ salary range, but for extra cash, she also hosts a podcast with pal Lindsie Chrisley (Chrisley Knows Best). Kailyn also has a haircare line, and she routinely boasts lucrative endorsement deals on social media.