Move over, Friends cast, and pop open the Cristal. Modern Family’s adult and teen stars are some of TV’s highest earners.
The six leads — Ed O'Neill (Jay), Sofia Vergara (Gloria), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), Julie Bowen (Claire), and Ty Burrell (Phil) — are heading into Season 4 with a major raise, negotiated after a boycotted table read and a lawsuit. Such drama!
Having started out earning between $30,000 and $60,000 an episode (per Variety), Julie, Ty, Jesse, Eric, and Sofia will now make comparable paychecks in the $170,000-$180,000 range — and they will get a small percentage of the series’ lucrative back-end, reports Deadline Hollywood.
Ed used his high-profile status (thanks to Married... With Children) to get a sweeter deal from Season 1 on, and he is expected to earn more than the other adults. (According to TV Guide, Ty took home $50,000 an episode for Season 2, whereas Ed raked in double that, earning $100,000 an episode.)
Sofia’s on-screen hubby also negotiated a series back-end deal on top of his salary in Season 1, so he will certainly roll in the dough when Modern Family goes into syndication in 2013.
Even the show’s teen stars — Rico Rodriguez (Manny), Sarah Hyland (Haley), Ariel Winter (Alex), and Nolan Gould (Luke) — will now see a bump up in their per-episode take: Deadline Hollywood reports that the young actors will now make around $70,000 an episode, which is just about triple what they earned last season.
Outside of the show, Sofia is doing enviably well for herself. The Colombian-born beauty raked in $19 million from May 2011 to May 2012, thanks in part to endorsement deals with CoverGirl and Diet Pepsi, as well as her new Kmart clothing line.
Season 4 of Modern Family is set to premiere Wednesday, September 26 at 9/8c on ABC. Don’t miss it!
Sources: Variety, TV Guide, Deadline Hollywood