KEY POINTS

  • The Duggar family, as a whole, is estimated to be worth $3.5 million
  • Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar made a major profit last year after selling a house they bought for $230,000 in 2014
  • Their reality show, "Counting On," has been canceled by TLC following Josh Duggar's arrest on child pornography charges

The Duggar family rose to fame through “19 Kids and Counting,” which followed the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children. But how much did the family earn from the TLC reality show?

The Duggar family has starred in multiple shows and made major business investments since their first reality show premiered over a decade ago. Due to this, the Duggars have an estimated net worth of $3.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

After the 10-episode first season aired in 2008, “19 Kids and Counting” went on to have nine more seasons before wrapping up in 2015. E! News reported in 2009 that the Duggars may have earned between $25,000 to $40,000 per episode from the show.

The spinoff series, “Counting On,” began airing on TLC in the same year, mainly focusing on the older Duggar offspring. The show was created in the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation controversy, which had led to the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting.”

But while they've earned a lot from their shows, the Duggar family patriarch and matriarch previously said they are frugal with their money, which helps them keep their finances in check. In an interview with Today in 2017, Jim Bob and Michelle revealed how they were able to raise so many kids but not accrue any debt.

The couple said they avoided spending lavishly by not buying new things, opting for used cars and garage sale clothing and shoes. The majority of the family’s expenses were food and necessities like diapers, which averaged about $3,000 per month, according to Jim Bob and his wife.

Before their rise to stardom in reality television, Jim Bob was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives between 1999 and 2002. He also owned several commercial properties and is a licensed realtor, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Jim Bob allegedly controlled a massive real estate empire estimated to be worth around $4.4 million, The Sun reported last year, citing Arkansas property records. His portfolio reportedly included 13 plots of land, four homes and three commercial buildings in Arkansas, the report claimed.

The home the family resides in on their show is a 20-acre compound that Jim Bob and Michelle bought for $300,000 in March 2000. The two later bought more land for $400,000 in September 2014, according to the report.

One of the couple’s biggest profits related to real estate came when they flipped a Springdale, Arkansas, home in February 2020 for $1.53 million after buying it for $230,000 back in 2014, People reported.

A representative for Jim Bob and Michelle told People in 2019, “They've always looked for opportunities where they could improve something. They just like flipping houses. They like the construction business, the remodel, and seeing something go from bad to good — from unused to being attractive for others.”

However, the Duggar family’s reality TV career may be over as “Counting On” has been canceled by TLC following Jim Bob and Michelle's eldest son Josh's April arrest on child pornography charges, New York Post reported. 

“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of ‘Counting On,’” the network said in a statement to the outlet.

The 33-year-old has pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography and has been released on bail. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 30.

duggars Pictured is the Duggar family in a promo shot for "Counting On." Photo: TLC