When Pauly D’s Jersey Shore salary was revealed last week, the figures were pretty shocking. Over $2 million per two-month season? But the lawsuit that made his exact earnings public raised an even bigger question: How much does Pauly get paid compared to his fellow castmates?

According to E!, a source close to production says that “Pauly D, Snooki and The Situation make the most.” They continued, “It tiers down from that for the rest of the cast.”

We suppose this makes sense. Based purely on brand recognition, Snooki and The Situation have the most public and internationally famous images and names. Plus, they tend to arouse the most drama on-screen. Pauly might as well as rank on their level if only for MTV’s helpful boost towards spin-off fame.

So how do Vinny, JWOWW, Sammi, Ronnie, and Deena Nicole feel about this? We have a feeling that at this point,  SamRon and Deena are just happy to be along for the ride. They know that they’re not getting their own shows anytime soon. JWOWW is probably fine, considering the bonus paychecks she’ll be getting for her spin-off with Snooki. And Vinny, well, considering how close he and Pauly are, we think he might have known about the salary discrepancy all along.

E!’s source, however, argues, “Now that they've seen Pauly D's figures, they are going to use that to their advantage in negotiations for next season."

Do you think money could break this family apart?

Catch the next new episode of The Pauly D Project on Thursday, April 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

Source: E!

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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