Top Ten Highest Paid TV Actors: Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer Lead the Way; 'Gibbs' in Second
TV fans can debate all day and all night who are the best actors in television and which shows are the cream of the crop. However, there’s no debating which actors make the most.
Here are your Top 10 highest paid TV actors/actresses according to TVGuide.com.
#1—Ashton Kutcher: Even if he wasn’t portraying Steve Jobs on the big screen Aston Kutcher would be doing pretty fine raking in $750,000 per episode as computer genius Walden Schmidt on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.”
#2—Jon Cryer: How much does Kutcher’s co-star get to make us laugh as Alan Harper? A cool $650,000 per episode.
#3—Mark Harmon: Harmon has been stopping bad guys as Leroy Jethro Gibbs on CBS’ “NCIS” for the better part of a decade. So it’s no surprise he rakes in a handsome $525,000 per episode + points.
#4—Even without Detective Stabler at her side, Olivia Benson is still putting away perverts on “Law and Order: SVU.” How much does Mariska Hartigay get to portray Ms. Benson? $400,000 per episode.
#5—Here’s a three way-tie between two of TV’s favorite nerds and their super hot friend. Kaley Cuoco, Johny Galecki (not pictured) and Jim Parsons of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” make $350,000 per episode.
#6—How much does Simon Baker get to be smarter than everyone on “The Mentalist?” $350,000 per episode.
#7—Finally!! An ABC show. Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh bring in $350,000 per episode to be the beloved doctors on “Grey’s Anatomy.
#8—Coming in at No. 8 is everyone’s favorite vigilante serial killer. Michael C. Hall pulls in $300,000 per episode on Showtime’s “Dexter.”
#9—For our first FOX show is the “Simpsons”. Voice actors Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa) earn $300,000 per episode.
#10—Finishing off the list is everyone’s favorite ad guy. Jon Hamm makes $275,000 per episode portraying Don Draper on “Mad Men.”
If there’s one thing TV fans can learn from this list—CBS pays its actors.