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.
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
Reality 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! Source: TVGuide.com