Top US TV star salaries

Variety has published a list of the salaries earned by some US TV stars per episode, although the list is not comprehensive (and omits some big earners such as Big Bang  & Game of Thrones casts, Judge Judy, several late night hosts or the total sums that can be earned across sponsorship & endorsements).

One very significant factor is that California has now barred employers from asking prospective employees how much money they made in previous jobs.

The new law was designed to redress wage disparity but it has killed the quote system by which studios would determine what to offer an actor for a project based on his or her pay history.

  • Javier Bardem, upcoming untitled series, Amazon: $1.2 million per episode
  • Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, upcoming untitled series, Apple: $1.1 million per episode
  • Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead: $1 million per episode
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale: $1 million per episode
  • Steve Carell, upcoming untitled series, Apple: $600,000 per episode
  • Julia Roberts, Homecoming: $600,000 per episode
  • Kelly Clarkson, The Voice: $560,000 per episode
  • Sean Penn, The First: $500,000 per episode
  • Anthony Mackie, Altered Carbon: $475,000 per episode
  • Henry Cavill, The Witcher: $400,000 per episode
  • Winona Ryder, David Harbour & Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things: $350,000 per episode
  • Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton & Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things: $250,000 per episode
  • Jessica Biel, Limetown: $300,000 per episode
  • Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso: $200,000 per episode
  • Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown: $250,000 per episode
  • Tim Allen, Last Man Standing: $250,000 per episode
  • Alec Baldwin, The Alec Baldwin Show: $300,000 per episode
  • James Corden & Drew Barrymore, World’s Best: $350,000 per episode each
  • Jennifer Garner, Camping: $150,000 per episode
  • Stephen Amell, Arrow: $125,000 per episode
  • Grant Gustin, The Flash: $100,000 per episode
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve: $100,000 per episode
  • KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes & Cole Sprouse, Riverdale: $40,000 per episode
  • Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France & Antoni Porowski, Queer Eye: $7,500 per episode each

Compare with 2017 list.


  1. I’d interested to know how much they paid to Kim Dickens who was the lead series in Fear the Walking Dead for the first 3 and a half seasons and she’s replaced by a male character, played by Lennie James, who barely spoke.

  2. Norman Reedus gets 1 mil an episode? I nearly choked on my toast.
    I could look like I haven’t washed in years and utter a sentence or two in a husky, barely audible tone too for a mil.

    I can’t believe that.

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