There is nothing quite like getting home and watching TV after a long day of work. However, have you ever stopped to think about how much effort the cast has put into your beloved shows? It must be tiring to shoot episode after episode, but they are compensated with a pretty penny for all the work that they do. We are here to show you just how much our favorite actors and actresses earn for each episode of a TV show. Police procedurals, medical dramas, reality TV, soap operas, sitcoms… It does not matter because we have considered all of these genres and more! Get ready because some of these amounts are truly going to blow you away. Just a heads up, you are probably going to feel envious once you hear that they make more than our annual salary!
James Gandolfini – $1 Million
There are lots of people who believe that The Sopranos had been the best thing on the small screen. The HBO drama about the gangster family from New Jersey was a huge critical and commercial success that has influenced pop culture as we know it. The actor James Gandolfini had been applauded for his excellent performance in the memorable role of Tony Soprano. He made $1 million per episode of the show and brought home many awards for the role. In fact, he won a Golden Globe and three Emmys! Sadly, he passed away at the young age of 51.
Mariska Hargitay – $500,000
It might sound absurd for an actor or actress to build their whole career around a single TV role. Despite this, it was what happened to Mariska Hargitay. The actress has been playing the lead role of Olivia Benson in Law & Order: SVU for 21 years and counting already! She just so happens to be the longest-serving cast member on the set with more than 410 episodes to her name. It is also pretty impressive to hear that she brings home $12 million per season.
Ray Romano – $1.7 million
Ray Romano is the second top TV earner ever! He made a lot of money by starring in Everybody Loves Raymond but missed the top spot by a narrow margin. Our jaws dropped to the floor upon hearing that he made $1.7 million for each episode. The show was on the air for nine seasons and proved to be a big hit. During its run, it won 15 Primetime Emmy Awards. Considering how 32.94 million people tuned in to watch the finale, it is not surprising to hear that the actor is worth $130 million.
Michael C. Hall – $830,000
Do you agree that Dexter was one of the most exciting TV shows we have ever seen? Truly, there is nothing quite like it out there. Michael C. Hall took on the role of the title character and brought home a lot of money for his excellent performance. Perhaps you even remember the salary dispute between him and the producers. There were rumors that suggested how the cancelation was caused by these issues. This explains why a lot of people did not feel satisfied with the ending of the show.
The Cast Of Friends – $1 Million
Come on, there is no group of friends more iconic than the crew made up by Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Monica. The show must be the most popular sitcom during the 10 years that it was on the air. It continues to be popular to this day as well! Knowing this, we can see why all of the main actors and actresses each made $1 million during the last two seasons of the show. What an impressive salary – don’t you just wish that you made as much money as they did?
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen – $80,000
It is true that this amount is considerably lower than the others that you will find on the list. However, we should take into account just how young they had been when they got their first paycheck. The twins might have been 3 years old, but they were already making $80,000. Mary-Kate and Ashley now have a collective net worth of $300 million. Even though both of them have since retired from acting, they have launched successful careers as fashion designers! You go girls.
Andrew Lincoln – $650,000
The Walking Dead is a very popular post-apocalyptic TV show that is still on the air. If you ask us, its portrayal of humans is just as fascinating as its portrayal of the undead. We want you to focus on Rick Grimes, the character played by Andrew Lincoln. He has shown us that there are grey areas in the moral code of our society. This British actor has the highest salary in the cast and brings home an incredible $650,000. In 2017, he was also awarded the Saturn Award for Best Actor on TV.
Kelsey Grammer – $1.6 million
Kelsey Grammer is yet another actor who has earned a lot of money for his TV work. This star left a big impression on viewers by bringing Dr. Frasier Crane to life in Cheers. As a matter of fact, he became so popular that the producers decided to create a spinoff series that revolved around his character! After the Boston-based sitcom wrapped up, it paved the way for Frasier, which was on the air for 11 seasons from 1993 until 2004. Grammer has a reported net worth of $60 million.
Mark Harmon – $525,000
Actor Mark Harmon was lucky enough to secure long-term roles for the small screen. He snagged big parts on TV shows like Chicago Hope and St. Elsewhere in the past. However, his career reached the next level after he bagged the lead role in a crime series called NCIS. Not only did he bring home a lot of awards for his performance as Special Agent Jethro Gibbs, but he also made a fortune for this role. The star continues to rake it in despite rumors of becoming a recurring role.
Jerry Seinfeld – $1 Million
Jerry Seinfeld is a man who ended up with a TV show of the same name. Many people will agree with us when we say that he changed the world of comedy. The series became the most viewed show in history thanks to the reruns. By the final season of the show, he was making $1 million per episode. This makes sense because 1 in 10 people in the United States tuned into it. NBC had been desperate enough to keep the sitcom going that the higherups offered the actor a cool $5 million per episode.
Kim Kardashian – $1 Million
We cannot deny the way that reality TV has revolutionized how we spend our evenings. A lot of people owe the Kardashians their gratitude for endless hours of iconic material. Since 2007, just about every single thing about the family has been made available to the public. Kim K was the one who benefited the most in their family. Even though every member made $10 million for each season, Kim allegedly gets a bonus of $5 million after she convinced her husband Kanye West to get involved.
Patrick Dempsey – $350,000
Prior to the untimely death of Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey was truly living the life. Aside from this, the actor took on roles in film projects like Can’t Buy Me Love and Loverboy. However, his big break only arrived when he snagged the role on the popular medical drama in which he earned $350,000 per episode. He seems to have been born for a role in a medical drama. In the past, he tried out for a role in House, M.D. as well.
Will Smith – $50,000
You must already be aware that Will Smith made a name for himself as a rapper before he got cast in a show called The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He is now one of the most successful commercial actors in history! However, you probably had no idea that he was only paid $50,000 per episode during the first three seasons of the show as the IRS took 70% of his earnings. Don’t worry, the actor has been blessed with other big roles since then. Maybe you even saw him in Suicide Squad and Independence Day!
Paul Reiser – $1 Million
Mind you, Helen Hunt was not the only person from the Mad About You cast to have made $1 million per episode. Of course, the show would not have been that successful if it were not for the amazing chemistry that she had with her co-star Paul Reiser. The actor also raked in $1 million per episode by playing her on-screen husband. He did not slow down even when the series was over. Among other things, he also got to star in an Oscar-nominated film called Whiplash.
Drew Carey – $775,000
We bet that you are familiar with Drew Carey, the host of game shows like The Price is Right and Whose Line Is It Anyway? Over the course of his career, he was best paid for The Drew Carey Show. It followed a fictionized version of himself and was on the air for 9 seasons. When you consider the fact that the show had 233 episodes, you can see how he made his fortune. We are sure that regardless of how much he brought home, he will agree that the price was right!
Lauren Graham – $750,000
Lauren Graham played Lorelai Gilmore, the mother of Rory Gilmore, in the hit TV show Gilmore Girls. Both actresses made $750,000 per episode of the show once it proved to be a big hit. They also got to reprise their roles when Netflix revived the sitcom through Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. Mind you, this was not the only TV role that Graham had. She also snagged the role of Sarah Braverman in a drama called Parenthood. It went on to have more than 100 episodes!
Ashton Kutcher – $755,000
There is something funny about the way Ashton Kutcher made $100,000 more per episode than Jon Cryer, who was there since the beginning. Anyway, the younger man joined the cast of Two and a Half Men to replace the main star of the show. He was cast in the role of a tech entrepreneur called Walden Schmidt for four years until the show wrapped up. Kutcher was paid $755,000 per episode, which is still considerably less than the $1 million that Charlie Sheen used to bring home.
Hugh Laurie – $700,000
Are you aware that Hugh Laurie is British? If not, you are probably impressed because he did an amazing job of portraying an American accent during the time that he played Dr. Gregory House. He was generally thought to be the standout star of the hit medical drama House, M.D. In those days, he brought home $700,000 per episode. He appeared in 177 episodes and appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records after being named the “most-watched leading on television.” Aside from that, you might have also seen him in the HBO comedy Veep.
Holly Willoughby- $600,000
At 39 Holly Willoughby is doing impressively well for herself. The Dancing On Ice presenter makes around $600,000 just from the daytime show. Willoughby is gorgeous and was recently seen wearing a Sandro Paris dress for her morning at home that is valued at £260. Her net worth is sitting on $10 million. Well deserved! However, she also took to Instagram recently showing how she broke a wooden spoon cheering on and saluting NHS. Strong and wealthy!
The Cast of Game Of Thrones – $2 Million
The world watched in awe as the characters of Game of Thrones were built up and then killed off mercilessly. It is not a surprise that many actors who played the main characters earned a lot of money from the epic fantasy TV show. During the last few seasons, the likes of Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lena Heady. They signed contracts that indicated they would each be paid $2 million per episode.
David Hyde Pierce – $750,000
Niles Craine, portrayed by David Hyde Pierce, made for a great foil to Frasier Craine, who was played by Kelsey Grammer. Pierce once said that his psychiatrist character is “what Frasier would be if he had never gone to Boston and never been exposed to the people at Cheers.” Even though he did not make as much as his on-screen brother, the actor still got paid $750,000 per episode of the show. On top of that, he also got a lot of accolades for his performance in that role.
Charlie Sheen – $1.8 Million
There was a point in time in which Charlie Sheen was the highest-paid actor! This was the time that he signed a contract that paid him a stunning $1.8 million for playing Charlie Harper in Two and a Half Men. However, he messed it up when he had a public meltdown. The producers decided to end things with him as he went to rehab. Even though he still made a huge fortune over the years, we are not sure if his reputation will ever be redeemed.
Roseanne Barr – $500,000
Roseanne Barr was blessed with a show that got named after her. On top of that, she also served as the executive producer of the show. She had been making half a million for each episode, which explains her current net worth of more than $80 million. The hit show was revived in 2017, but things changed even though it got positive reviews during the first season. You see, one of the comedienne’s tweet went viral in a bad way. She put the blame on her medication and apologized, but her behavior led to the cancelation of the show before it was granted a second season.
Alan Alda – $235,000
We are sure that this looks low compared to the other entries on this list. However, there used to be a time when Alan Alda was among the top-paid TV actors in show business. He is most popular for his incredible portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, which was on the air from 1972 to 1983. Even though he used to make only $10,000 per episode in the earlier seasons, this number increased several times in the later seasons of the show.
Norman Reedus – $550,000
It is true that Andrew Lincoln earns more money than Norman Reedus for their work on The Walking Dead. However, the actor who plays expert tracker Daryl Dixon on the show is not that far behind! We bet that you also admire this character, who got in on the zombie action with his brother. There is no way you can deny that this post-apocalyptic zombie show was his true claim to fame. If you are a big fan of the actor, you might also be a fan of Ride with Norman Reedus.
Tea Leoni – $125,000
You should not worry even if Tea Leoni is not making as much money as Helen Hunt for Mad About You or Julie Louis Dreyfus for Seinfeld. The actress seems to be happy with the salary that she is earning from her recent role on the small screen. She portrays the lead role of Elizabeth McCord in the hit political series Madam Secretary. It is possible that you also recognize her from movies like Jurassic Park III and Deep Impact.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $650,000
There was a time when the world knew Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as one of the most iconic WWE wrestlers. He had a smooth transition into projects for both the big screen and the small screen. He recently starred in an HBO series called Ballers and made $650,000 for each episode. Aside from that, we are sure that you know that he worked on blockbuster hits such as Moana, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and the Fast & The Furious film franchise.
Emmy Rossum – $350,000
The lovely and talented Emmy Rossum is also bringing home a huge paycheck for every episode of Shameless. She plays Fiona, the daughter of Frank Gallagher and the oldest among the siblings. This character often has to play a mother figure in the family, often taking on responsibility and looking after everyone. Aside from portraying one of the main characters, she also got to work behind the camera. How cool is it to hear that she actually directed two episodes of the show?
Michael Richards – $600,000
We are sure that Seinfeld fans have not forgotten about Cosmo Kramer, the neighbor of the title character best known for his fuzzy hair. Even though Michael Richards earned less than Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld, he still made a lot of money. The truth is that he has not worked a lot after his time on the highly successful sitcom. However, we did get to see more of him in a short-lived TV show called The Michael Richards Show.
Jon Cryer – $620,000
Charlie Sheen had been the one making the headlines for most of the airtime that Two and a Half Men had. However, it would be a disservice to forget about Jon Cryer, his on-screen brother who served as the foil to the main character by playing the straight-edge and uptight Alan Harper. Back in the ‘80s, the actor became known for working on classic movies like Pretty in Pink. Needless to say, his time in Two and a Half Man made him even more famous.
Mindy Kaling – $140,000
Mindy Kaling first shot to fame by working on several projects helmed by director Judd Apatow. What made her a household name, however, would be her appearance in the hit show The Office. Network execs saw just how brilliant she was and even gave her a show of her own: The Mindy Project. Many celebrities made guest appearances on the show. Even though it was a commercial and critical success, the sitcom came to an end in 2017 after being on the air for six seasons.
William H. Macy – $350,000
This actor was able to establish himself as a true talent in such a competitive field. William H. Macy had roles in hit projects including, but not limited to, Fargo, Air Force One, and Magnolia. It is safe to say that he has been adored by viewers for decades now. However, his fame reached the next level when he was cast to play Frank Gallagher in Shameless. There is no doubt that Macy did justice to one of the most iconic TV characters in recent memory.
Kerry Washington – $150,000
Kerry Washington saw a lot of fame at the start of this millennium. She is best known for playing Olivia Pope, who is the main character in a political thriller called Scandal. The star has even been nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy thanks to her incredible performance. Her career extends further than that, however. She also landed very impressive roles in films like The Last King of Scotland, Django Unchained, and Ray. We can’t get enough of her!
Jason Alexander – $600,000
Up next, we have one more member of the Seinfeld cast! Jason Alexander also raked in a big sum of money for each episode in which he played Costanza, who is the most neurotic character on the show. While the actor never eclipsed his fame from the sitcom, he did enjoy a steady career even after the series aired its finale. He has starred in a few movies in the past on top of a great theater career.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – $600,000
In case you are still baffled how Seinfeld got to enjoy so much fame, we would like to show you the actress who played the female lead. Julia Louis-Dreyfus brought Elaine Benes to life and did so in a spectacular way. Even though she did not make as much as Jerry Seinfeld, she still earned more than many of us ever will. She contributed significantly to Larry David’s show and bagged another lead TV role. We highly recommend watching her in the HBO political comedy show called Veep!
Jason Momoa – $600,000
Jason Momoa is the actor who brought Khal Drogo to life in Game of Thrones. This role shot him to fame, but his character did not make it past the first season of the show. Even though he did not make as much money as the other stars did, he was still handsomely compensated for his work on the fantasy series. If you ask us, this is not bad at all! On top of that, he is also enjoying the fame from the show to land other high-paying gigs. The actor was paid $600,000 for each episode of See.
Ellen Pompeo – $575,000
Fun fact: Grey’s Anatomy is a play on the title of a classic medical textbook from the 19th century called Gray’s Anatomy! While the book was penned by Henry Gray, the show revolves around a female doctor called Meredith Grey and the rest of the crew at a hospital in Seattle. It has become so successful that it is now on its 16th season. Ellen Pompeo, who plays the main character, brings home a huge paycheck for her work. For every episode of the show, she makes $575,000! Sweet.
Bryan Cranston – $700,000
Bryan Cranston is one of the most famous actors right now, but it was a long road to his salary of $700,000 per episode for Your Honor. This is even more than he received for each episode of the hit TV show Breaking Bad. He has been impressing TV viewers for decades now. Some of his projects are Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle. If you ask us, his extensive experience in the industry makes him deserving of such a huge paycheck!
Chance the Rapper – $500,000
Did you know that Chance the Rapper was born Chancelor Jonathan Bennett? He is best known for his music, but he has also started to appear on the small screen as well. The Grammy Award-winning rapper is getting $500,000 for every episode of the Netflix music competition show called Rhythm + Flow. The other judges on the panel are hip-hop artists Cardi B and T.I. On the show, they critique promising young rappers vying for the $250,000 cash prize. What makes it so interesting was that it was the first singing show that had the episodes released in one go.
Ryan Seacrest – $652,000
Ryan Seacrest is a household name among TV viewers! However, he basically only hosts unlike the other people on the list with a number of talents. The good news is that he does a great job at it and gets paid handsomely by the networks that he works for. Best known for hosting American Idol, he got paid $15 million per season from 2013 to 2016. The seasons have different numbers of episodes since the 2014 one only had 23. If we factor this in, this means that he made $652,000 for each episode!
Britney Spears – $536,000
Britney Spears has been in the spotlight for a very long period of time by now. She has been in the show business ever since she was a young girl! The pop star used to be a judge on the X Factor panel, and she was paid a lot of money for her critiques. In 2012, she brought home $15 million. That season had 28 episodes, so this means that she earned $536,000 per episode of the show. Cool!
Cardi B – $500,000
We have one more Grammy winner on our list! Cardi B has also judged up-and-coming musicians and got paid a huge sum of money for it. Together with Chance the Rapper and T.I., she is on the panel of Rhythm + Flow. The crew judges rappers who are competing for a cash prize of $250,000. We do not know how much Netflix pays T.I., although we do know that Cardi B gets half a million bucks per episode like Chance does. We are glad to hear that Netflix is all about that equal opportunity pay.
Katy Perry – $1,389,000
Katy Perry definitely deserves to be one of the American Idol judges, although people are not convinced that she deserves more money than her co-judges. She is paid an incredible amount of $25 million per season! There were 18 episodes in season 17, which means that she earned an incredible $1,389,000 for every episode. Whoa. Now compare this to how much Lionel Ritchie brings home, which is reportedly only $10 million. Well, maybe you would feel less bad for him when you come to the realization that he was still making $556,000 per episode of the show!
Blake Shelton – $500,000
Did you know that the winners of The Voice from six seasons out of 17 all came from Blake Shelton’s team? This is more than one-third of the victors! This is a pretty awesome record, so we are glad to hear that he is doing a great job. Well, he does get paid $13 million per season. In 2016, season 11 boasted 26 episodes, which meant that he earned $500,000 per episode. Sundance Head from his team was declared the winner that year. Fun fact: Shelton’s girlfriend Gwen Stefani is a judge as well.
Jennifer Lopez – $500,000
Jennifer Lopez is most famous for her work as an actress and singer who made her mark on the industry over the past thirty years. We are not at all surprised to find out that she was getting paid $500,000 for each episode of American Idol in 2012. Like the other celebrities on our list, she was enlisted to judge the promising young singers on the show. If you wanted our opinion on the matter, there is no one better for the job than JLo herself!
Kelly Clarkson – $461,000
Kelly Clarkson made it big when she brought home the crown during the first season of American Idol. The entire country cheered her on. She has since embarked on an incredibly successful music career and rubbed shoulders with musical greats. It is not a reach to say that she is one of them now! Clarkson appeared on The Voice and made $12 million in one season. Season 15 had 26 episodes, which meant that she brought home $461,000 for each one.
Mariah Carey $486,000
Without a doubt, the world has never seen a diva like Mariah Carey before. If you are trying to get her for a show or event, you better have a lot of money. After all, this incredible singer boasts a five-octave vocal range. Rumor has it that she can even bring it up to seven, which will probably make the asking price increase further. When American Idol brought her in for Season 12, she was allegedly paid $18 million! If we divide that into its 37 episodes, she had been making $486,000 per episode.
Paul Rudd – $450,000
Paul Rudd is the star of a dark comedy show called Living With Yourself. This bizarre series is about an unhappy copywriter who ends up meeting his clone. The show came out on Netflix in 2019. We do not want to spoil the show for you, but you should know that we cannot wait to see what happens next. The actor plays two separate characters on the show, so it is not shocking to hear that he gets $450,000 for each episode of it.
Chris Evans – $750,000
Chris Evens might have gotten his start in Not Another Teen Movie, but he has come a long way since then. He has successfully climbed to the top of the show business ladder! Come on, this is the guy who brought Captain America to life. Apple TV+ has an upcoming miniseries called Defending Jacob, which is part of the platform’s efforts to bring in famous names and original content. The actor plays a character called Andy Barber and got paid $750,000 for every episode of the series.
Steve Carrell – $1 Million
Steve Carrell might be best known for his work in comedy shows, but do not underestimate him! This is one funny guy who can also do justice to serious roles in dramas. Even though he has transitioned into the genre seamlessly, his fans are going to be sad if he turned his back on comedy forever. Luckily, his upcoming show Space Farce is a comedy about folks tasked to form a new branch of the United States military. For every episode, he is getting paid $1 million.
Patrick Stewart – $750,000
For many people, their first encounter with Patrick Stewart was seeing him play Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, he is probably best known for bringing Professor X to life in the X-Men movies. We are glad that he is more than happy to play these roles once more. It is hard for us to imagine anyone capable of taking his place, so we are glad to hear that he is going to be in Star Trek: Picard. The actor is compensated $750,000 per episode.
Jennifer Aniston – $2 Million
We already talked a bit about Jennifer Aniston because she was one of the stars of Friends. In the hit show, she earned $1 million per episode in the later seasons. This is already impressive enough on its own but wait until you hear how much she made for each episode of The Morning Show. The show pays her $2 million per episode to star in the newsroom drama with Reese Witherspoon. You will also see Steve Carrell on the show, although he only has a supporting role.
Reese Witherspoon – $2 Million
Reese Witherspoon made $1 million for each episode of Big Little Lies. However, this pales in comparison to the fortune that she earned when she worked on The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell. The newsroom drama from Apple TV+ wowed a lot of people for the high-quality entertainment that it provided. On top of this, Witherspoon and Aniston got Golden Globe nominations in 2020 for their amazing performances. The show truly boasted a powerhouse of a cast.
Simon Cowell – ~$940,000
Simon Cowell first earned his reputation as a harsh judge on a reality show called Pop Idol. It aired in the United Kingdom first, but he has actually been in the music industry for quite some time already. Year after year, he goes on to reprise his role as a judge who does not mince his word. He has appeared on both American Idol and X-Factor. For the latter, he was paid $75 million for the 2012-2013 season, which had 80 episodes. We will let you do the math this time!
Nicole Kidman – $1 Million
Big Little Lies is a show that follows five women through a murder investigation. Set in Monterey, California, the show got good reviews from both critics and viewers. This was enough to convince HBO to give the show two more seasons even though it was initially slated to be a miniseries. The show also shone the spotlight on the talented Nicole Kidman. Considering how amazing of an actress she is, it makes sense that the network paid her $1 million for each episode.
Shakira – $520,000
You are clearly lying if you tell us that the name Shakira does not ring a bell. The Colombian superstar has to be one of the most famous female pop stars out there! She was definitely suitable to become a judge on The Voice. No one else deserves credit for her fame because she is one hardworking performer. The reality TV show gave her $12 million per season, but there were varying numbers of episodes in a season. While she is among the better-paid judges on the panel, Christina Aguilera got paid more than she did.
Christina Aguilera – ~$530,000 To $600,000
The amazing Christina Aguilera is best known for her amazing voice, so it was only right for The Voice to bring her in as a couch. In 2013, she received a salary of $17 million per season. If you divide it by the number of episodes, this would mean that she was making around $530,000 to $600,000 per episode. Again, there are different numbers of episodes per show. There are also times when there are two seasons in a year. She used to get more than the other coaches until she accepted a huge pay cut of around $5 million per season in the later seasons.
Gwen Stefani – ~$425,000
The younger readers might not even be aware that Gwen Stefani used to be the lead singer of a 3rd wave ska band. No Doubt was founded in California in the mid ‘80s. The singer has released banger after banger both as part of the band and as a solo artist. Her vocals and talents are both respected in the music industry. Reports claim that she brought home $12 million for working as a coach during the 2017 season of The Voice. This would mean that she earned $450,000 per episode!
Meryl Streep — $825,000
You must be living underneath a rock if you have never heard of Meryl Streep before. We just had to add her to the list despite the fact that The Nix has yet to be released. Director J.J. Abrams is working on this TV adaptation of the novel by Nick Hill, but they are still searching for the right network to release it. He decided to hire Streep as the lead actress. She has been fantastic in everything that she has worked on, so we can say that she is deserving of the $825,000 per episode that she will get.
Judith Sheindlin – ~$900,000
Judge Judith Sheindlin is best known as the host of Judge Judy. Folks love to watch her real-life court cases, which has led to her status as the most popular television judge out there. Producers did not think that it was going to be a success, but they were proven wrong. Her sharp mind and incredible wit set her apart and made viewers admire her. She brings home $47 million for the televised appearances, which would mean that she makes around $900,000 per episode.
Elisabeth Moss – $1 Million
In 2017, Elisabeth Moss earned an Emmy Award for her performance as Offred, the main character of the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale. Viewers were rendered speechless by the shocking realism of the dystopian world. However, the show would not have left such a huge mark without her talent. Before this, she already brought home a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for her work in Top of the Lake and Madmen. The producers clearly knew what they were doing by casting her as the protagonist and paying her a million dollars per episode.
Julia Roberts – $600,000
In the past, Julia Roberts used to be the top-paid woman in the acting industry. She might have been dethroned by other actresses, but she still rakes it in those money bags. Even though she is best known for her work on the big screen, she has recently started doing more TV work as well. She starred in an Amazon thriller called Homecoming, which revolves around a treatment center for combat veterans. She was paid a hefty $600,000 for every episode of the show!
Ansel Elgort – $500,000
Tokyo Vice is not out yet, but we are willing to wait for it. This show is based on the memoir of Jake Adelstein, an American journalist trying to uncover corruption in Tokyo during the late ‘90s. The premise itself is fascinating, and the other said his account “steps on too many toes.” This was the reason he had a hard time looking for a Japanese publisher in the past. Ansel Elgort got cast to play the journalist and allegedly received $500,000 per episode.
Miley Cyrus – $550,000
As the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus of “Achy Breaky Heart” fame, Miley Cyrus was music royalty from the moment she was born. When she was a teenager, she starred in a Disney TV show called Hannah Montana. This served as her big break, but her music has also brought her to the Billboard charts many times. She can clearly sing, so it is good to hear that she is helping other singers improve as well. When she was on the 2016-2017 season of The Voice, she was paid $13 million. We can then break it down to more than $550,000 for each episode!
Alexis Bledel – $750,000
There was a time when young ladies all idolized Rory Gilmore, one of the main characters of the sitcom Gilmore Girls. We are not surprised to hear that Alexis Bledel made $750,000 for each episode of the show when she was playing the adorable bookworm. The actress reprised this role in a Netflix reboot called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The four episodes of the miniseries al felt like mini-movies because they had a runtime of 88 minutes to 102 minutes.
The Cast Of The Big Bang Theory – $900,000
A lot of people cannot believe just how big The Big Bang Theory became. Chuck Lorre did not only hit the jackpot with Two and a Half Men, but he also got lucky with this show. Just in case you were not familiar with it, the show revolves around a group of nerds attempting to navigate the world. There were originally five stars: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Kaley Cuoco. They had all been making $900,000 per episode!
Patricia Heaton – $250,000
The Middle is an ABC show that might just be the most consistent sitcom as of late. Patricia Heaton portrays Frankie Heck, the female lead of this series. The actress has been bringing home $250,000 for each episode! The show is not the only popular show that she has starred in. Aside from that, she also brought Debra Barone in the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Not only that, but she also won many awards and received a lot of praise for her performance!
Helen Hunt – $1 Million
Mad About You is a ‘90s sitcom that did not get as popular as Friends or Seinfeld. Even if this was the case, there was a time when the lead stars were both making a million bucks per episode. One of them would be Helen Hunt, who brought Jamie Buchman to life. The character was a PR expert living in New York City with her spouse, who was portrayed by Paul Reiser. The actress was in Twister, As Good As It Gets, and Cast Away as well.
Adult Cast Members Of Modern Family – $500,000
Modern Family has joined the ranks of Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory in the sense that it is an ensemble show that made it big. The members of the cast have received not only praise for their talent but also financial compensation! This is especially true for the adult actors and actresses on the show. It is believed that Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson were all paid around $500,000 for each episode of the sitcom.