Snooki gets an $11,000 pay day... just for partying at a tanning salon

It used to be that the cast of Jersey Shore were happy to devote their days to the mindless pursuit of GTL - gym, tanning, laundry.

But while the crew still enjoy their favourite pastime, they now expect a big paycheck thrown in.

Snooki was paid a jaw-dropping $11,000 to attend a party in her honour at New Jersey tanning salon Sizzle Tans on Thursday.

I'm Snooki: The reality star strikes a trademark pose

I'm worth it: Snooki earns her $11,000 as she parties at Sizzle Tan in New Jersey

Radar online reported the payout, saying simply: 'It pays to be Snooki.'

Hard at work: Snooki strikes a few poses before heading to the free bar

Hard at work: Snooki strikes a few poses before heading to the free bar

To earn her fee the 23-year-old simply had to pose on the red carpet, drape herself over the tanning beds, then get stuck into the complimentary drinks.

The work is unlikely to stretch the petite star, who like her castmates loves to party.

Her fee is said to have increased to a minimum of $10,000 after footage was screened of her getting punched in the face in the first series of Jersey Shore.

Snooki and her friends have all benefited from their roles on the show, for which they are paid handsomely.

As well as their wages, they have also signed endorsement deals and have a range of souvenir products on sale.

DJ Pauly D and The Situation are said to be among the U.S.'s top ten highest- earning reality stars, taking home $2m and $3m respectively this year, according to the list compiled by the Daily Beast.

The cast are set to return to screens in season three of MTVs hit show in the New Year.

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