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Celebrity Salaries: Then & Now! (Photos)

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Parade's Annual What People Earn Issue!

Ever wonder what Snooki made during the first season of Jersey Shore? What about the fifth season? Just how much was Sarah Palin bringing home as Mayor of Wasilla before her lucrative Fox News gig nowadays?

Parade magazine’s 30th annual What People Earn report is out this Sunday (April 15) and we have a sneak peek at your favorite stars’ earnings!

So who took the top spot? No surprises here! TV queen Oprah Winfrey, 58, who earns $290 million as the CEO of Harpo, earned a not-too-shabby $200,000 as a host on AM Chicago.  But as it turns out, celebrities weren’t always raking in the dough!

Take a look below at what some of our favorite celebrities are earning: from then to now! And to see the full list check out Parade.com!

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  • Suzanne Collins 1 of 5
    Suzanne Collins
    In 1991, Suzanne Collins, the writer of 'The Hunger Games,' earned $31,300 as a TV Writer.
    Now, she earns $10 million as a hit Author!
  • Johnny Depp 2 of 5
    Johnny Depp
    As a 20-year-old in 1983, Johnny Depp earned $13,500 as a salesman.
    Now, the A-list Actor earns $50 Million a year!
  • Barack Obama 3 of 5
    Barack Obama
    In 1997, Barack Obama, then 36, earned $48,403 as Illinois State Senator.
    Now, at age 50, as the President of the United States, Barack Obama earns $400,000.
  • Snooki 4 of 5
    Snooki
    In 2009, at age 21, Snooki earned $45,000 at a Reality TV Star.
    Now, at age 24, Snooki earned $1.6 million with the same occupation - a Reality TV Star.
  • Sarah Palin 5 of 5
    Sarah Palin
    In 1996, as the Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin, then 32, earned $64,000 a year.
    Now, at 48, earns $1 million as a Fox News Analyst.
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[Photos via Pacific Coast News/PR Photos.]

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