Snooki is a Chilean-American reality television personality who has a net worth of $4 million and earns a salary per episode of $150,000. Snooki has earned her net worth from her role on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore which started in 2009. Polizzi was born in Santiago, Chile, the adopted daughter Italian American parents her father a volunteer firefighter and auto-salvage supervisor and her mother an office manager. Her friends started calling her Snooki in high school after the a male character in Save the Last Dance, because she was the first of her friends to kiss a boy. She attended school in Marlboro, New York, where she was a cheerleader. She suffered from an eating disorder and once only weight 80lbs. she studied to become a veterinary technician at a community college
She got her start on MTV's Is She Really Going Out with Him?, a show that focused on women dating obnoxious or arrogant men. In episode 14, "Jerz Pud" her boyfriend Justin appeared on the show with her. Snooki was scouted by the casting director, an employee of Doron Ofir Casting, which landed her the job on reality TV series Jersey Shore. According to the New York Times she is "the breakout member of the cast". Her book entitled A Shore Thing, describing her search for love on the boardwalk was released in January of 2011. She was part of a 6-person Mixed Tag Team match at Wrestle Mania XXVII which was won by Polizzi and her partners Trish Stratus & John Morrison.
Snooki has had some minor run ins with the law on July 30, 2010, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Polizzi was cited on a count disturbing the peace", as well as for disorderly conduct and criminal annoyance of others. A plea bargain the two charges were dropped she was socked with a $500 fine and community service. Then on May 31, 2011 in Florence, Italy, Polizzi was cited and released, after the car she was driving collided with a parked traffic police car. Two police officers sustained minor injuries.
For the first season of Jersey Shore Snooki earned $2200 per episode. For season two her salary was increased to $30,000 per episode. In the final season Snooki's salary was increased to $150,000 per episode!