The salaries of TV’s highest-paid stars 

How much is Hollywood shelling out to get the biggest stars to move to TV?

In this age of wall-to-wall programming, marquee names have become essential in bringing sizable audiences to shows.

And with at least 50 different producers of TV shows, the competition is getting fierce and driving salaries to new highs.

Star salaries can range from $1.1 million an episode for the main players of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to as small as $20,000 per episode for the actors who play the Lyon kids on Fox’s “Empire.”

And now we’re seeing film legends like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep crossing into TV gigs and picking up huge checks.

Here’s how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning:

*Salaries are per episode, unless otherwise indicated. Some salaries may include producing fees and profit participation.

$1,100,000 — Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Kit Harington, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Jon Snow in HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” adaptation. HBO.

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,100,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

$1,100,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Macall B. Polay/HBO

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

$1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)


Source: Variety

$1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

$1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Sonja Flemming/CBS

Source: Variety

$1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

$1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

Source: Variety

$825,000 – Meryl Streep, “The Nix” (Network TBA)

$825,000 – Meryl Streep, "The Nix" (Network TBA)

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$750,000 – Robert DeNiro, Untitled David O. Russell series (Amazon)

$750,000 – Robert DeNiro, Untitled David O. Russell series (Amazon)

Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$750,000 — Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls” (Netflix)

$750,000 — Lauren Graham, "Gilmore Girls" (Netflix)

Netflix; YouTube

Source: Variety

$750,000 — Alexis Bledel, “Gilmore Girls” (Netflix)

$750,000 — Alexis Bledel, "Gilmore Girls" (Netflix)

Getty Images

Source: Variety

$650,000 – Andrew Lincoln, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

$650,000 – Andrew Lincoln, "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

Gene Page/AMC

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$650,000 – Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

$650,000 – Norman Reedus, "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

“The Walking Dead”/AMC

Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$525,000 — Mark Harmon, “NCIS” (CBS)

$525,000 — Mark Harmon, "NCIS" (CBS)

“NCIS” star Mark Harmon.Cliff Lipson/CBS

Source: Variety

$500,000 — Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

$500,000 — Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" (Netflix)


Source: Variety

$450,000 — Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

$450,000 — Claire Danes, "Homeland" (Showtime)


Source: Variety

$450,000 — Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)

$450,000 — Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC)

Michael Parmelee/NBC

Source: Variety

$450,000 – Dwayne Johnson, “Ballers” (HBO)

$450,000 – Dwayne Johnson, "Ballers" (HBO)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

$400,000 — Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

$400,000 — Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Ellen Pompeo was only shot from the chest up while she was pregnant during filming for “Grey’s Anatomy.”ABC

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Drew Barrymore, “Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)

$350,000 — Drew Barrymore, "Santa Clarita Diet" (Netflix)

David Buchan/Getty Images

Source: Variety

$350,000 – Emma Stone, “Maniac” (Netflix)

$350,000 – Emma Stone, "Maniac" (Netflix)

Getty Images

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Jonah Hill, “Maniac” (Netflix)

$350,000 — Jonah Hill, "Maniac" (Netflix)

Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Joel Kinnaman, “Altered Carbon” (Netflix)

$350,000 — Joel Kinnaman, "Altered Carbon" (Netflix)

Getty Images

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Source: Variety

$350,000 — Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

$350,000 — Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" (HBO)

Getty Images

Source: Variety

$300,000 – Keefer Sutherland, “Designated Survivor” (ABC)

 $300,000 – Keefer Sutherland, "Designated Survivor" (ABC)


Source:The Hollywood Reporter

Reality/News/Talk (yearly salary)

Reality/News/Talk (yearly salary)

Jemal Countess/ Getty Images

$47 million — Judy Sheindlin, “Judge Judy” (Syndicated)

$22-25 million — Matt Lauer, “Today” (NBC)

$20 million — Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen” (Syndicated)

$16-20 million — Kelly Ripa, “Live With Kelly” (Syndicated)

$13-15 million — Miley Cyrus, “The Voice” (NBC)

$13-15 million — Adam Levine, “The Voice” (NBC)

$13-15 million — Jimmy Fallon, “The Tonight Show” (NBC)

$13-15 million — Jimmy Kimmel, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

$12 million — Conan O’Brien, “Conan” (TBS)

$12 million — Robin Roberts, “Good Morning America” (ABC)

Source: Variety







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