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TV Star Salaries: Judge Judy Makes Way More Than Ashton Kutcher, Mariah Carey, and Everyone Else

Leave it to a lawyer to score the biggest payday!

TV Guide Magazine has new lists out revealing how much TV stars are paid. They broke the salaries down into categories and differentiated between annual payments vs. per episode and per season payments. For example, Ashton Kutcher reportedly makes $700,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men and the show’s Season 9 — which ran from September 2011 to May 2012 — had 24 episodes, so he made about $16.8 million for that season.

Here are some of the stars in TV Guide's breakdown. Pick up this week’s magazine for more.

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Drama (per episode)
Mark Harmon (NCIS): $500,000
Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy): $350,000
Kevin Bacon (The Following): $175,000
Lucy Liu (Elementary): $125,000
Stephen Amell (Arrow): $30,000

Comedy (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $700,000
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory): $300,000
Modern Family Adult Cast: $175,000 each
Lea Michele (Glee): $75,000
Crystal the Monkey (Animal Practice): $12,000

Late Night (per year)
David Letterman: $28 million
Jay Leno: $25 million
Jon Stewart: $16 million
Craig Ferguson: $8 million
Chelsea Handler: $8 million

Daytime/Syndication (per year)
Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy): $45 million
Joe Brown (Judge Joe Brown): $20 million
Kelly Ripa (Live! With Kelly): $20 million
Sherri Shepherd (The View): $1.5 million
Mario Batali (The Chew): $6,000 per episode

Mariah Carey (American Idol): $17 million per season
Howard Stern (America's Got Talent): $15 million per season
Pauly DelVecchio (Jersey Shore): $175,000 per episode
Betty White (Off Their Rockers): $50,000 per episode
Landry Family (Swamp People): $25,000 per episode

News (per year)
Matt Lauer (Today): $21.5 million
Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor): $15 million
Diane Sawyer (ABC World News): $12 million
Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360 and Anderson Live): $11 million
Robin Meade (HLN anchor): $750,000

Any big surprises for you? Let’s all hope to be making $50,000 an episode when we’re 90 years old, like the Emmy-nominated Betty White. She’ll never stop being golden!

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08.10.2012 / 03:53 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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