The Hoffman mining crew became famous on Discovery Channel’s reality series Gold Rush. Nicknamed “Dozer Dave”, Turin was a standout person in the group and was their quarry and mining expert. His skills have led him to appear in several other series, including his own show Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. With his mining and media endeavors, Dave Turin has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
David Turin was born in Sandy, Oregon on April 21, 1959. His father, Jim, is an owner of a quarry in their local area called Jim Turin & Sons. Dave has other three brothers who all worked in their dad’s business.
Because of the family business, Dave learned about mining from a young age. He was quite popular in high school because he was a star athlete and football player.
In college, he continued to play sports while studying for a degree in civil engineering. However, he had no intention of making a career out of football. After graduating, he immediately worked for his father,
As a certified engineer, Turin worked at the quarry for 25 years and was in charge of daily operations. Dave met Gold Rush star Todd Hoffman at church. Later he was asked to consult on the Porcupine Creek mine project and ultimately left his quarry job to join Todd’s crew.
He became known as one of the few competent people in Hoffman’s group, the rest had limited mining experience. Turin had a crew in season three and they mined 803 ounces of gold, worth $1.28 million at the time.
Leaving Gold Rush
Dave left the Hoffman crew in the seventh season after being unable to find any gold. Later that season, he returned but ended up having a fight with co-star Trey Poulson.
Turin officially left the franchise’s main show in season eight. Despite leaving, Dave Dozer still got to appear in various Gold Rush spin-off series and remained friends with Todd Hoffman. The guys still exchange texts but aren’t as close as before.
In 2019, he returned to the screen with his own show, “Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine.” A sad moment in the show was when miner Jesse Goins passed away, and the cast were deeply impacted.
Net Worth and Earnings
Although he spent a long time operating the family quarry, Dave earned most of his fortune from appearing on Gold Rush. It is reported that he makes $50,000 per episode and earns the same figure on his new show.
The cost to mine gold is very expensive and most likely Dave relies on his salary from the show to continue mining. Without Discovery putting up money, it would be challenging to make a profit after all the expenses. Currently, his fortune stands at $2 million!
Davin is married to Shelly Turin and they’ve been together since high school. Shelly works as a nurse and they have one child, Tony, who has blessed them with grandchildren.