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Mike Rowe Net Worth

mike rowe net worth
Net Worth$35,000,000
Full NameMichael Gregory Rowe
Date of Birth/AgeMarch 18, 1962 (age 57)
Source of wealthTelevision Host, Narrator
Country of originU.S
State/City of originSan Francisco, California
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Mike Rowe’s net worth is $35 million dollars. He’s made millions of dollars from his show, “Dirty Jobs.”

How Much Does Mike Rowe Make a Year?

Mike Rowe makes about $5 million each year. How much he makes is typically dependent on how many commercials and endorsements he is doing, since his show ended.

How does Mike Rowe make his money?

Mike Rowe made most of his money during his tenure as host of “Dirty Jobs.” Mike not only hosted the show, but he also was the executive producer and created the concept for the show all on his own. He made millions from the show.

Besides that, Mike has appeared in more than 25 films and television shows. He made thousands of dollars for each of these appearances.

Now that his show is done, Mike hosts his own podcasts that makes him thousands and still endorses a number of products.

He makes hundreds of thousands of dollars from the work he does on commercials.


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Mike Rowe is an all-American man who is known for his strong morals, good work ethic and love for his family.

He’s also best known for being the host of “Dirty Jobs,” a Discovery Channel show that celebrated skilled tradesmen and laborers who work extremely hard.

For as dirty and gruff as Mike appeared on his show, he has a much softer side and thoroughly enjoys performing. He’s a former member of the Baltimore Opera and sings with a barbershop choir.

Early Life

Mike Gregory Rowe was born on March 18, 1962, in Baltimore, Maryland to John and Peggy Rowe. If you follow Mike you’ve likely seen his parents as they’ve participated in an ad for Bounty paper towel alongside him.

Both of Mike’s parents were teachers and he says that his now extremely popular show, “Dirty Jobs” is a tribute to the hard work of both his father and grandpa.


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When Mike was a kid, he became an Eagle Scout and as a volunteer project had to read to children to the Maryland School for the blind.

He says this volunteer work is one of the reasons he started to get interested in writing.

Mike graduated from Overlea Highschool in 1980 and it is where he found his love for performing. After graduation, he attended Essex Community College but transferred to Towson University where he earned a communications degree.


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Personal life

Mike grew up attending Kenwood Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. His parents still go there.

He became passionate about performing and the arts when in high school. He was a star in his high school choir and theater groups and even later went on to sing professionally in the Baltimore Opera.

Mike now lives in San Francisco, California, though his work keeps him traveling most of the time. In fact, he’s rarely home more than five days a month! When he is home he likes reading pulp fiction.

In 2016, rumors spread that Mike died. Thankfully, those rumors were false. In response to hearing them, Mike tweeted a quote from Mark Twain that reads,” Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”


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Mike started his performing career in 1984 when he became a member of the Baltimore Opera. He claims that he joined the opera to meet women, but he was known for his performance of “Rigoletto.”

In 1990, he made his first appearance on television. To win a bet, he interviewed for a hosting job on QVC and was immediately hired after talking about a pencil for nearly ten minutes straight.

He worked the night shift for three years until he was fired. After that, he worked for years as a freelance host and a fix-it guy, fulfilling tons of roles.

At present, Mike Rowe net worth reached $35,000,000.

His experience working so many different jobs is what led him to pitch a documentary to the Discovery Channel.


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Instead of a documentary, the network asked Mike to create 39 smaller episodes which would later become the content for the incredibly popular show, “Dirty Jobs.”

For the next ten years, he traveled to all 50 states doing dirty jobs. When the show ended, he started working as a motivational speaker.

He felt a fierce desire to give back and started mikeroweWORKS, a campaign and foundation to support those who are working in skilled trades.

Interesting Facts

  • In June 2012, the Boy Scouts of America gave Mike the “Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.”
  • “Dirty Jobs” is a tribute to his father and grandfather.
  • Mike has a great voice and is an avid singer. He is an honorary life member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
  • When Mike was in high school he was active in theater and choir.
  • Mike enjoys reading pulp fiction and spending time with his parents.
  • Mike has appeared on more than 25 television shows and movies.
  • He describes himself as a “cheerleader” for blue- and white-collar workers.
  • He is a gun owner and a supporter of the second amendment.


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  • Mike proudly wears the title of a performer. He loves singing, acting and being in front of the camera.
  • He started his performing career in 1984 when he landed a starring role in the Baltimore Opera. He claims he “faked” his way in.
  • Mike transitioned to television in 1990, when he landed a hosting gig at QVC. That lasted for three years.
  • After he was fired from QVC, he worked as a freelancer in the television industry.
  • Mike pitched a documentary to the Discovery Network. Instead of airing it, Discovery ordered 39 episodes and sent Mike across the country to perform dirty jobs on camera.
  • After a decade of doing dirty jobs, Mike quit. He started doing more work as a narrator and host and started his own foundation to support people who are working in skilled trades.


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Favorite Quotes from Mike Rowe

“Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.”

“Why worry about doing something you love? Figure out what the opportunity is. Find a thing, get good at it, learn to love it later.”

“Spend a few hours every week studying American history, human nature, and economic theory. Start with “Economics in One Lesson.” Then try Keynes. Then Hayek. Then Marx. Then Hegel. Develop a worldview that you can articulate as well as defend. Test your theory with people who disagree with you. Debate. Argue. Adjust your philosophy as necessary.”


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Tips for success from Mike Rowe

Never stop learning. Study history. Study subjects that interest you. Become an expert. Teach people what you know and know it well enough to talk about it freely.

Expect that people will challenge you and be ready for an argument. If you know your facts and have studied enough, you have nothing to worry about. 

You shouldn’t follow your passion. You should live your passion and bring it with you wherever you go, in every job, every relationship and every moment of your life.

Work hard but also be smart about how you’re doing your work. Efficiency is key. If you’re smart, you can be a hard worker but work half as hard as others and get double the amount done.