Lea Michele (Rachel) loves to jet off to Mexico on the regular and sip pricey green juices, and with her celebrity status we’re sure she can afford it! But how much does the 27-year-old actress actually make per Glee episode? Read on to find out!
The folks over at E! Online put together a handy guide of how much today’s television stars earn per episode of their respective shows, and surprisingly Lea and Glee co-stars Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schuester) and Jane Lynch (Sue) are near the end of the pack. Apparently they each make $80,000 an episode, which, for a standard 22-episode season, nets them a cool $1.8 million a year. Since Season 5 was shortened slightly as a result of Cory Monteith’s (Finn) death last summer, Lea took home only $1.6 million for her work on the show in 2014.
Don’t get us wrong. With $1.8 mil a year (or thereabouts), Lea can clearly afford all of those beach getaways. Plus, that paycheck doesn’t even include movie roles, endorsement deals, and more. Still, we were surprised by how many TV actors and actresses make more than the Glee star. Among them is New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, who makes $3 million a year at a rate of $125,000 an episode, and Lea’s New Year’s Eve co-star Ashton Kutcher, who isreally making bank by getting paid $750,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men. If you do the math, that’s a whopping $16.5 million a season.
While we’re certainly envious of all of those salaries, no one’s paycheck holds a candle to that of Judy Sheindlin. Yes, Judge Judy herself. The host of the syndicated court show, which is now in its 19th season, makes an astonishing $47 million a year. With money like that, she could buy Mexico!
Are you surprised by Lea’s Glee salary? What about Judge Judy’s massive payday? Sound off below!
Source: E! Online