Snooki may have been paid $100,000 an episode for Season 5 of Jersey Shore – but that’s chump change compared to what she’s going to be raking now that she’s a mom-to-be.

Celebrity finance expert Jo Piazza, author of Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money, says Snooki was likely paid about $30,000 by Us Weekly for announcing her pregnancy on the magazine’s cover.

Once the baby is born, however, the numbers are set to go through the roof. “I think she can get at least $100,000 for the first photos of the baby,” Piazza exclusively tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “Maybe even up to $250,000 with international sales.”

“This baby is going to completely change her brand and Snooki’s going to have a lot of money coming in. I believe this pregnancy could total a two or even three million-dollar payday for her.”

And what about Jionni LaVallei, Snooki’s baby daddy and fiance? “Jionni absolutely needs to sign a pre-nup,” insists Piazza. “First and foremost, Snooki needs to protect herself.”
 
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