Celebrity Salaries from TV Guide


You thought YOU were overworked and underpaid.  Julie Kavner and Yeardley Smith, the voices of Bart and Lisa on “The Simpsons”, only make $400,000 …. per episode.   So stop your whining, things are tough all over.

Dramas per EPISODE!

  • $550,000 – Kiefer Sutherland “24”
  • $400,000 – Hugh Laurie “House”
  • $400,000 – Mariska Hargitay “Law and Order: SUV”
  • $400,000 – Christopher Meloni “Law and Order: SUV”
  • $390,000 – Marg Helgenberger “CSI”
  • $375,000 – David Caruso “CSI: Miami”
  • $350,000 – Laurence Fishburne “CSI”
  • $325,000 – Mark Harmon “NCIS”
  • $275,000 – Ellen Pompeo “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • $250,000 – Tim Roth “Lie to Me”
  • $250,000 – Kate Walsh “Private Practice”
  • $250,000 – Patrick Dempsey “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • $250,000 – Simon Baker “The Mentalist”
  • $250,000 – Calista Flockhart “Brothers and Sisters”
  • $225,000 – Patricia Arquette “Medium”
  • $175,000 – Tom Welling “Smallville”
  • $150,000 – Jennifer Love Hewitt “Ghost Wisperer”
  • $150,000 – Sally Field “Brothers and Sisters”
  • $150,000 – Chris O’Donnell “NCIS: Los Angeles”
  • $150,000 – LL Cool J “NCIS:
  • $125,000 – Peter Krause “Parenthood”
  • $50,000 – Chace Crawford “Gossip Girl”
  • $50,000 – Blake Lively “Gossip Girl”

Comedy – Per Episode

  • $875,000 – Charlie Sheen “Two and A Half Men” (figure includes ownership stake in the series)
  • $400,000 – Felicity Huffman “Desperate Housewives”
  • $400,000 – Marcis Cross “Desperate Housewives”
  • $400,000 – Teri Hatcher “Desperate Housewives”
  • $400,000 – Eva Longoria Parker “Desperate Housewives”
  • $400,000 – Dan Castellaneta “The Simpsons”
  • $400,000 – Yeardley Smith “The Simpsons”
  • $400,000 – Julie Kavner “The Simpsons”
  • $400,000 – Nancy Cartwright “The Simpsons”
  • $350,000 – Zach Braff “Scrubs”
  • $300,000 – Tina Fey “30 Rock”
  • $300,000 – Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”
  • $275,000 – Julia Louis-Drefus “Old Christine”
  • $200,000 – Patricia Heaton “The Middle”
  • $175,000 – Kelsey Grammer “Hawk”
  • $150,000 – Neil Patrick Harris “How I Met Your Mother”
  • $150,000 – Jay Mohr “Gary Unmarried”
  • $125,000 – Jenna Elfman “Accidentally on Purpose”
  • $100,000 – Courteney Cox “Cougar Town”
  • $50,000 – Joel McHale “Community”
  • $7,500 – Starting salary for player on “Saturday Night Live”

Cable – Per Episode

  • $275,000 – Kyra Sedgwick “The Closer”
  • $250,000 – Denis Leary “Rescue Me”
  • $200,000 – Glenn Close “Damages”
  • $175,000 – Julian McMahon “Nip/Tuck”
  • $150,000 – Holly Hunter “Saving Grace”
  • $135,000 – Jeffrey Donovan “Burn Notice”
  • $75,000 – Thomas Jane “Hung”
  • $75,000 – Jon Hamm “Mad Men”

Reality

  • $15 million per year – Ryan Seacrest
  • $150,000 per episode – Jeff Probst
  • $150,000 per episode – Jon and Kate

Late Night – Per Year

  • $32 million – David Letterman
  • $30 million – Jay Leno
  • $14 million – Conan O’Brien
  • $14 million – Jon Stewart
  • $6 million – Jimmy Kimmel

News – Per Year

  • $15 million – Katie Couric CBS
  • $13 million – Matt Lauer “NBC”
  • $12 million – Diane Sawyer “ABC”
  • $10 million – Meredith Vieira “NBC”
  • $10 million – Bill O’Reilly “Fox News Channel”
  • $7.5 million – Keith Olbermann “MSNBC”
  • $7 million – Larry King “CNN”
  • $5 million – Anderson Cooper “CNN”
  • $3 million – Wolf Blitzer “CNN”
  • $3 million – Chris Matthews “MSNBC”
  • $2 million – Glenn Beck “Fox News Channel”
Source: TV Guide
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3 Responses to Celebrity Salaries from TV Guide

  1. horatiox says:

    The free market in action. Who needs college, professional/technical training, certs–be a Desperate Housewife, Duck at 400 grand per show. Obscene with a capital O

  2. Lyle DeRose says:

    Thanks for the info. It looks like I am about to break into the reality TV biz shortly on the History channel. I am trying to find as much info as I can, so when the long form contract comes, I know how to negotiate the salary. Just can not find much to base it on though. It would be nice if it was around $3,000 per episode to start. But thanks again for writing this up, if you have anymore info for a new non-star reality TV show host. please let me know. Thanks
    Lyle

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