Remember years ago, the cast of “Friends” were making about $1M each, per episode? At least that’s what the rumor was, they were only paid that in season 9 and 10. That’s another story though.
Today, the TV show that pays the highest is “The Big Bang Theory,” and each of the main stars earn about $900,000 per episode. That goes for Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Jim Parsons – each of them earn $900k. And they all actually agreed to take a pay cut so they could get their co-stars (and screen wives) a raise, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch earn $500k per episode.
What about “Game of Thrones?” Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey all earn about $500k per episode.
Next? “Shameless.” William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum are earning about $350k per episode.
Dwayne Johnson earns $650k for his role in “Ballers.”
“Modern Family?” Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, and Sofia Vergara all earn a half-a-million dollars each, per episode.
“Will & Grace?” Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Megan Mullally all earn $250k for their work, per episode. At the same amount, Kerry Washington in “Scandal” also earns $250k per episode.
There’s a whole list and a lot of other names to look through, check it out over here if you’re curious what your favorite actor or actress makes. The list also includes names like Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden – the list is seemingly endless.
If you’re looking for recommendations for acting schools or talent agents, well, let me know what you find.