The highest-paid TV stars make over $1 million per episode

HBONicole Kidman on HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies.’

How much are networks shelling out to bring Hollywood stars to TV?

In this age of proliferated programming, marquee names have become essential to bring sizable audiences to shows. And the competition among networks and producers has driven industry salaries to new heights.

Norman Reedus is now making $US1 million an episode for “The Walking Dead” as co-star Andrew Lincoln prepares to leave the show, according to Variety. Earlier this month,The Hollywood Reporter reported that the stars of HBO’s “Westworld” would be getting big raises ahead of the sci-fi drama’s third season.

At its height, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman reportedly negotiated $US1 million salaries for the upcoming second season of HBO’s Emmy-winning drama, “Big Little Lies.”

Jim Parsons of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” made headlines in August for walking away from a reported two-year, $US50 million paycheck for two more seasons of the sitcom, which CBS subsequently decided to end in 2019.

Here’s how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning per-episode:

Note: Some salaries may include producing fees.

Jethro Nededog contributed to a previous version of this story.


$US1,000,000 – Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

‘The Walking Dead’/AMC

Source: Variety (2018)


$US1,000,000 — Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Hulu

Source: Variety (2018)


$US1,000,000 — Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US1,000,000 — Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

CBS

Source: Variety (2016)


$US1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Sonja Flemming/CBS

Source: Variety(2016)


$US1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

Source: Variety(2016)


$US825,000 – Meryl Streep, “The Nix” (Network TBA)

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(2016)


$US650,000 – Dwayne Johnson, “Ballers” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2017)


$US600,000 — Julia Roberts, “Homecoming” (Amazon)

Amazon

Source: Variety (2018)


$US575,000 — Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

ABC

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US525,000 — Mark Harmon, “NCIS” (CBS)

Cliff Lipson/CBS

Source: Variety (2016)


$US500,000 — Sean Penn, “The First” (Hulu)

Hulu

Source: Variety (2018)


$US500,000 — Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

HBO.Jon Snow in HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ adaptation.

Source: Variety (2017)


$US500,000 — Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

HBO

Source: Variety (2017)


$US500,000 — Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

HBO

Source: Variety (2017)


$US500,000 — Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Source: Variety (2017)


$US500,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Macall B. Polay/HBO

Source: Variety (2017)


$US500,000 — Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” (Paramount Network)

Paramount Network

Source: Variety (2017)


$US450,000 — Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Showtime

Source: Variety (2017)


$US375,000 — John Goodman, “The Conners” (ABC)

ABC

Source: Variety (2018)


$US375,000 — Laurie Metcalf, “The Conners” (ABC)

ABC

Source: Variety (2018)


$US375,000 — Sara Gilbert, “The Conners” (ABC)

ABC

Source: Variety (2018)


$US350,000 — Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Anna Armatis/NetflixWinona Ryder on ‘Stranger Things.’

Source: Variety (2018)


$US350,000 — David Harbour, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Netflix

Source: Variety (2018)


$US250,000 — Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us” (NBC)

NBC

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (2018)


$US250,000 — Mandy Moore, “This Is Us” (NBC)

NBC

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (2018)


$US250,000 — Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)

NBC

Source:The Hollywood Reporter (2018)


$US250,000 — Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” (NBC)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (2018)


$US250,000 — Justin Hartley, “This Is Us” (NBC)

NBC

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (2018)


$US250,000 — Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US250,000 — Ed Harris, “Westworld” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US250,000 — Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US250,000 — Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (HBO)

HBOThandie Newton in ‘Westworld’

Source: The Hollywood Reporter(2018)


$US350,000 — Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Netflix

Source: Variety (2018)

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