Here’s How Much Money Your Favourite TV Stars Make

Above: Kit Harington collects one of TV's biggest paychecks
Above: Kit Harington collects one of TV's biggest paychecks

Once a land of network sitcoms and variety shows, television has transformed into a legitimate dramatic medium. Within the last couple of decades, cable and streaming programming has risen to cinematic levels of quality. More and more viewers are making TV their number one source of media consumption, and they’re doing so in droves. It should come as no surprise then, that television stars are benefiting from this popularity. Lead actors are making serious bank from the small screen, and it’s the type of cash we haven’t seen from that world in a long time.

The Hollywood Reporter recently published an article outlining some of the industries biggest earners, and there are some surprising entries. Of course, there are the usual suspects like the Game of Thrones cast, and “richest man in Hollywood” Dwayne Johnson – but who would’ve considered, Jonah Hill, who has an upcoming Netflix show in the works?

For a more extensive list of the highest paid actors in television, stay with us after the jump.


Dwayne Johnson – $450,000 per episode for Ballers

Robert De Niro – $750,000 per episode for new untitled Amazon show

Kiefer Sutherland – $300,000 per episode for Designated Survivor

Norman Reedus – $650,000 per episode for The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln – $650,000 per episode for The Walking Dead

Kit Harington – $1.1 million for Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage – $1.1 million for Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke – $1.1 million for Game of Thrones

Lena Headey – $1.1 million for Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – $1.1 million for Game of Thrones

Chris Rock – $20 million for two Netflix specials

Jonah Hill – $350,000 per episode for Maniac

Emma Stone – $350,000 per episode for Maniac

Meryl Streep – $825,000 per episode for The Nix

Jim Parsons – $1 million per episode for The Big Bang Theory

Johnny Galecki – $1 million per episode for The Big Bang Theory

Kaley Cuoco – $1 million per episode for The Big Bang Theory

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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