Part of the appeal of becoming a movie star in addition to the fame was the fact that the pay of high budget films was also staggeringly high. These days, more and more movie stars are turning to TV, especially now that streaming is the most popular form of watching entertainment. TV actors can make a massive amount of money, especially per episode, while starring in popular TV series. Here are some of the most handsomely paid TV actors and their per-episode salaries.
Mariska Hargitay – $500,000
Mariska Hargitay made a name for herself for starring in Law & Order: SVU as Olivia Benson. The show has been airing since 1999, and for the current season, Hargitay earns $500,000 per episode, making her season salary out to be about $12 million.
Tim Allen – $1.25 Million
Tim Allen has become a beloved actor, playing the role of Santa Clause, voicing Buzz Lightyear, and appearing in countless films. He first became well known for starring as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on Home Improvement, and during the show’s peak, he earned $1.25 million per episode!