Gone are the days, when television actors were considered inferior to film stars. Nowadays, these actors command equal position and status. Some of these stars receive the kind of salary that many film stars can’t even dream of.
Here is a list of some of the most popular television stars and their salaries.
1. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco – The Big Bang Theory – $1 million each per episode
The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular sitcoms on-air. So, it doesn’t actually come as a surprise that the three main leads of the show are also one of the highest paid actors in the industry.
On the other hand, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg also pocket around $750,000 per episode.
2. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – $150,000 per episode
Tyrion Lannister is one of the most loved characters in the show. His contribution to the show is invaluable and his fat paycheck clearly reflects it.
3. Ashton Kutcher – Two and a half men – $755,000 per episode
When the famous sitcom Two And A Half Men, decided to reboot themselves, they replaced Charlie Sheen with Aston Kutcher. Although, Kutcher was not paid record-breaking wages like Sheen, yet he was in no way underpaid.
4. Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met your Mother – $225,000 per episode
Neil Patrik Harris’ portrayal of Barney Stinson brought the show alive. The How I Met Your Mother’s producers made sure that he was properly compensated.
5. Claire Danes – Homeland – $250,000 per episode
Claire Danes is the life of the show, in more ways than one. The show has enjoyed great success and Danes’ brilliant acting is undoubtedly one of the main reasons behind the show’s popularity.
6. Patrick Dempsey – Grey’s Anatomy – $350,000 per episode
Other stars of the show, Ellen Pompeo, and Sandra Oh are also paid almost the same amount.
The Grey’s Anatomy is one of the most popular TV series that revolves around a hospital and its doctors.
The show has brought Dempsey both financial and critical success.
7. All the six F.R.I.E.N.D.S – F.R.I.E.N.D.S – $1 million per episode
During early seasons, actors were paid salaries ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 per episode. But as the show became popular, their salaries also increased.
For the last two seasons all the six friends, namely, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Le Blanc, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry received the same amount.
8. Charlie Sheen – Two And A Half men – $1.8 million per episode
Till date, he remains the highest paid television actor.
His record breaking salary for the popular sitcom even made it to the Guinness book of world records.
Ironically, it was his skyrocketing salary that led the producers of the show to replace him with Ashton Kutcher.
9. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – $500,000 Per Episode
The House of Cards producers makes sure that the iconic actor is fairly compensated. The show has gained both critical and commercial success.
Paid around half a million per episode, Spacey will be more than happy to reprise the role for few more seasons I guess.
10. Grant Gustin – The Flash – $300,500 per annum
The success of Flash has made Grant Gustin one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.
We would want to see him play the role of the scarlet speedster for many seasons to come.
11. Simon Baker – The Mentalist – $300,000 per episode
The CBS cop drama has helped Baker make it to the Forbes list of the richest television actors. Much of the actor’s earnings comes from the popular show.
Much of the actor’s earnings comes from the popular show.
12. Ray Romano – Everybody Loves Raymond – $1.7 million
It seems not just the viewers but even the producers loved Raymond. Ray Romano’s portrayal of the character made him one of the highest-paid actors ever.
Only Charlie Sheen could boast of a better salary than him.
13. Stephen Amell – Arrow – $30,000 per episode
Arrow is one of the most popular superhero series. Stephen Amell’s performance is also one of the main reasons that has made the show so popular.
He also receives a better paycheck than his other superhero friend Flash.
Well, with so much money involved, no wonder that almost everybody wants to be an actor these days.