Saturday, August 13, 2011

TV Actor Salaries

TVGuide had an article showing what the television industry people make, and one numbers jumped out at me. Ashton Kutcher is getting $700,000 per episode for Two and a Half Men. He has yet to have an episode of his air, and yet he's now the highest-paid comedy actor on television.

Some others:

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men - $600,000 per episode
Dan Castellanata, The Simpsons - $400,000 per episode
Tina Fey, 30 Rock - $350,000 per episode
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock - $300,000 per episode
Angus T. Jones, Two and a Half Men - $250,000 per episode
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory - $250,000 per episode
Johnny Galecki, The Big bang Theory - $250,000 per episode
James Spader, The Office - $125,000 per episode
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family - $105,000 per episode

Hugh Laurie, House - $700,000 per episode
Mark Harmon, NCIS - $500,000 per episode
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU - $395,000 per episode
Davis Caruso, CSI Miami - $375,000 per episode
Simon Baker, The Mentalist - $300,000 per episode
Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy - $275,000 per episode
Ted Danson, CSI - $225,000 per episode
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife - $180,000 per episode
Jon Hamm, Mad Men - $175,000 per episode
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law - $175,000 per episode
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad - $125,000 per episode
Nathan Fillion, Castle - $100,000 per episode

Also noteworthy across TV, Judge Judy makes $45 million a year from her syndication deal. David Letterman makes $28 million a year, Matt Lauer makes $17 million a year, Ryan Seacrest makes $15 million a year, Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann each make $10 million a year, and to occasionally show up as an analyst, Fox News pays Sarah Palin $1 million a year.

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