Top TV Salaries – WoW!


Here, from TV Guide, are salaries for many TV stars:

The top earners, by category:

Drama (per episode)

Hugh Laurie (House) $400,000+
Christopher Meloni & Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) $395,000 (each)
David Caruso (CSI: Miami) $375,000
Marg Helgenberger (CSI) $375,000
Mark Harmon (NCIS$375,000
Laurence Fishburne (CSI) $350,000
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) $350,000
Denis Leary (Rescue Me) $350,000
Gary Sinise (CSI: NY$275,000
Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) $250,000
David Boreanaz (Bones) $200,000
Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) $200,000
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife$175,000
Dana Delany (Body of Proof$150,000
Lauren Graham (Parenthood) $150,000
Jada Pinkett Smith (HawthoRNe) $150,000
Jimmy Smits (Outlaw) $150,000
LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles) $125,000
Chris O’Donnell (NCIS: Los Angeles) $125,000
Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) $125,000
Jason Lee (Memphis Beat) $125,000
Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) $125,000
Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) $125,000
Michael Weatherly (NCIS) $125,000
Matt Bomer (White Collar) $100,000
Nathan Fillion (Castle) $100,000
Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) $100,000
Jon Hamm (Mad Men) $100,000
Cole Hauser (Chase) $100,000
Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) $100,000
Timothy Olyphant (Justified$100,000
Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0) $80,000
Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles) $75,000
Anna Paquin (True Blood) $75,000
Blair Underwood (The Event) $75,000
Zachary Levi (Chuck) $60,000
Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries$40,000
Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) $40,000
Ashley Tisdale (Hellcats$30,000

Late Night/Talk Syndication (per year)

Oprah Winfrey $315 million
Judge Judy Sheindlin $45 million
David Letterman (The Late Show$28 million
Jay Leno (The Tonight Show$25 million
Conan O’Brien (The Conan O’Brien Show$10 million
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show$8 million
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live$6 million
Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately$3.5 million
George Lopez (Lopez Tonight$3.5 million

Reality (per year)

Ryan Seacrest
(American Idol$15 million
Joel McHale (The Soup$2 million
Piers Morgan (America’s Got Talent$2 million
Kate Gosselin (Kate Plus 8$250,000 per episode
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Jersey Shore$30,000 per episode

Comedy (per episode)

Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men$1.25 million
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men$550,000
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Eva Longoria Parker (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons$400,000
Julie Kavner (The Simpsons$400,000
Tina Fey (30 Rock$350,000
Jeremy Piven (Entourage$350,000
Steve Carell (The Office$297,000
Angus T. Jones (Two and a Half Men$250,000
David Duchovny (Californication$200,000
Kevin Dillon (Entourage$200,000
Adrian Grenier (Entourage$200,000
Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) $180,000
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie$175,000
William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says$150,000
David Spade (Rules of Engagement$150,000
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family$100,000
Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement$85,000
Betty White (Hot in Cleveland$75,000
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory$60,000
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory$60,000
Ty Burrell (Modern Family$50,000
Jane Lynch (Glee$50,000
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory$40,000
Matthew Morrison (Glee$30,000
Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place$30,000
Dylan and Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody$20,000 (each)
Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family$15,000

News (per year)

Matt Lauer (Today $16 million +
Katie Couric (CBS) $15 million
Brian Williams (NBC) $12.5 million
Diane Sawyer (ABC) $12 million
Meredith Vieira (Today$11 million
Bill O’Reilly (Fox News) $10 million
George Stephanopoulos (ABC) $8 million
Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) $7 million
Shepard Smith (Fox News) $7 million
Wolf Blitzer (CNN) $3 million
Christiane Amanpour (ABC) $2 million
Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) $2 million
Eliot Spitzer (CNN) $500,000

Wikipedia has some old info from 2007 here but note that salaries change with every season and depend on a lot of factors such as producer status, syndication, etc.