Mike Rowe: What is the ‘Dirty Jobs’ Star’s Net Worth?

by Keeli Parkey

Thanks to his many years as a television host and producer, as well as his many commercial appearances, Mike Rowe is a very wealthy man.

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, the “Dirty Jobs” host is worth approximately $30 million. His millions come from his hosting and commercial gigs, as well as his voice-over work. At one point, he brought in $5 million to $10 million thanks to his endorsements and television work.

Here’s something interesting you might not about Rowe – he was once a professional opera singer. According to IMDb.com, he spent that part of his career with the Baltimore Opera. “The Dirty Jobs” star was also a member of the choir at Kenwood Presbyterian Church, which is located in Maryland.

Mike Rowe was born March 18, 1962, in Baltimore, Maryland. Both his father and mother were teachers. As a youngster, he enjoyed being a member of the Boy Scouts. He even attained the rank of Eagle Scout during 1979.

While he was in high school, Rowe performed in the school choir and took part in the school’s theater program. He graduated high school in 1980. He continued his education at Essex Community College. Rowe then moved on to Towson University. There he earned his degree in the field of communication studies.

Mike Rowe Began His Television Career During the 1980s

Mike Rowe’s path to television stardom began after his graduation from college in 1985. On the list of his first hosting gigs was a show that aired on WJZ-TV for an impressive 15 years. This show was “Your New Home.” He also worked as a host for a trivia game that was available on a CD-ROM during the 1990s.

While it might be hard to picture, Rowe also had a job on QVC. He also worked as the host for a satellite television service’s instructional guide.

It was during 2003 that the show that made Mike Rowe famous debuted. Titled “Dirty Jobs,” the series showcased jobs that most of us would not want to do at all. These are jobs that are gross, challenging, and weird. “Dirty Jobs” came out of the San Diego, California, KPIX-TV News series titled “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

“Dirty Jobs” aired on the Discovery Channel until 2012. However, television audiences got more from Mike Rowe and the show two years later. It was in 2014 that CNN acquired the show. However, the title was changed to “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” The show aired on that news network for three years before CNN pulled the plug. The show was revived in 2018 by TBN.

In addition to his hosting duties, Mike Rowe has also served as the narrator for many shows. These include “American Chopper,” “How the Universe Works,” and “Deadliest Catch.”

If you haven’t seen Mike Rowe hosting a show or heard him narrate another, chances are you have still seen him on television thanks to his many commercial appearances. He has had jobs selling products for such companies as Motorola, Ford, and Caterpillar.