Dwayne Johnson, Kaley Cuoco Among TV's Highest-Paid Stars -- See What the Top Earners Make Per Episode!
By Alex Ungerman
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There’s some big earners on the small screen.
Some of TV’s top-earning stars’ salaries are revealed in a new list compiled by Variety, which reveals that the success of the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, as well as HBO’s Ballers, has done wonders for the casts’ take-home pay.
Unsurprisingly, Kaley Cuoco and her Big Bang co-stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, nab an estimated $900,000 per episode, and reportedly banded together recently to get Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch’s per-episode rate up to $500,000.
Close behind the Big Bang leads is Dwayne Johnson, whose big money sports drama is also helping his cash flow off-screen, as he brings home $750,000 per episode.
Meanwhile, though Game of Thrones has killed off a staggering number of its major players, those who remain do pretty well over there in the seven kingdoms, as Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau all bring in $500,000 an episode.
On the other side of the coin. This Is Us' stars had relatively modest (by comparison, to be clear) earnings in the NBC drama's freshman season, with Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia bringing in $85,000 a show, Sterling K. Brown at $75,000, and Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley both at $40,000.
Variety also reports that Donald Glover, who gets $75,000 per episode for his FX show, Atlanta, agreed to more modest fees in exchange for a larger share of backend earnings.