Movie stars may get all the respect and fame but TV stars can make insanely large sums of money too. Where huge blockbusters come out in the theater for a few weeks, TV shows can stay on the air for years if not decades through syndication deals. We follow the events in the characters lives week to week and become attached and invested. That’s why it’s no surprise that the world’s highest paid television actors routinely make six to seven figures per episode.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus/ Jason Alexander/ Michael Richards – Seinfeld – $600,000 per episode each
The Seinfeld supporting cast hasn’t had the greatest luck since the show ended. Their post-Seinfeld career has been rife with lackluster shows, bit movie parts, and controversy. However, during its heyday, Seinfeld was one of the most popular shows on television and these three rode Jerry Seinfeld’s coattails to the top. Each one of them was making $600,000 per episode by the end of the show’s run.
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men – $650,000 per episode
While Charlie Sheen may have left the show Jon Cryer stayed on for the entire series. The only one of the two and a half men to actually stay in the spotlight during the entire run of the show, it’s no wonder Cryer made $650,000 per episode. While it wasn’t as much as Sheen or Ashton Kutcher, it’s still a pretty impressive sum for someone who doesn’t have nearly the star power.
Hugh Laurie – House – $700,000 per episode
The only actor on this list that wasn’t on a sitcom, Hugh Laurie was the star of the Fox medical drama House. British-born actor Laurie played the socially inept, yet genius, Dr. House for 8 years. Laurie made $700,000 per episode for his time on the show.