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“House”‘s Hugh Laurie earns over $400,000 per episode. The other top earners in television dramas Per Episode are:

  • $395,000 – Mariska Hargitay, “Law and Order: SVU”
  • $395,000 – Christopher Melon, “Law and Order: SVU”
  • $375,000 – Mark Harmon, “NCIS”
  • $375,000 – David Causon, “CSI: Miami”
  • $375,000 – Marg Helgenberg, “CSI”
  • $350,000 – Laurence Fishburne, “CSI”
  • $350,000 – Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
  • $350,000 – Denis Leary, “Rescue Me”
  • $275,000 – Gary Sinise, “CSI: NY”
  • $250,000 – Patrick Dempsey, “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • $200,000 – David Boreanaz, “Bones”
  • $200,000 – Jeffrey Donovan, “Burn Notice”
  • $175,000 – Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • $150,000 – Dana Delany, “Body of Proof”
  • $150,000 – Lauren Graham, “Parenthood”
  • $150,000 – Jada Pinkett Smith, “HawthoRNe”
  • $150,000 – Jimmy Smits, “Outlaw”
  • $125,000 – 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”
  • $100,000 – 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’Loughin, “Hawaii Five-O”
  • $100,000 – Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
  • $ 80,000 – Scott Caan, “Hawaii Five-O”
  • $ 75,000 – Angie Harmon, “Rizzoli and Isles”
  • $ 75,000 – Anna Paquin, “True Blood”
  • $ 75,000 – Blair Underwood, “The Event”
  • $ 60,000 – Zachary Levi, “Chuck”
  • $ 40,000 – Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”
  • $ 40,000 – Shailene Woodley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”
  • $ 30,000 – Ashley Tisdale, “Hellcats”

Here’s the top earners in Comedy television per episode are:

  • $550,000 – Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
  • $400,000 – 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”
  • $350,000 – Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • $350,000 – Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”
  • $297,000 – Steve Carell, “The Office”
  • $250,000 – Angus T. Jones, “Two and a Half Men”
  • $200,000 – David Duchovny, “Californication”
  • $200,000 – Kevin Dillion, “Entourage”
  • $200,000 – Adrian Grenier, “Entourage”
  • $180,000 – Miranda Cosgrove, “iCarly”
  • $175,000 – Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • $150,000 – William Shatner, “$#*! My Dad Says”
  • $150,000 – David Spade, “Rules of Engagement”
  • $100,000 – Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
  • $ 85,000 – Patrick Warburton, “Rules of Engagement”
  • $ 75,000 – Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”
  • $ 60,000 – Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • $ 60,000 – Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • $ 50,000 – Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  • $ 50,000 – Jane Lynch, “Glee”
  • $ 40,000 – Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • $ 30,000 – Matthew Morrison, “Glee”
  • $ 30,000 – Selena Gomez, “Wizards of Waverly Place”
  • $ 20,000 – Cole Sprouse, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
  • $ 20,000 – Dylan Sprouse, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
  • $ 15,000 – Rico Rodriguez, “Modern Family”

Oprah Winfrey pulls in $315 million a year. Here’s the other top earners in the Late Night and Talk Syndication per year:

  • $45 million – Judge Judy Sheindlin, “Judge Judy”
  • $28 million – David Latterman, “The Late Show”
  • $25 million – Jay Leno, “The Tonight Show”
  • $10 million – Conan O’Brien, “The Conan O’Brien Show”
  • $ 8 million – Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
  • $ 6 million – Jimmy Kimmel, “Jimmy Kimmel Show”
  • $3.5 million – Chelsea Handler, “Chelsea Lately”
  • $3.5 million – George Lopez, “Lopez Tonight”

“American Idol”‘s Ryan Seacrest makes $15 million a year. Other top earners in Reality TV are:

  • $2 million – Joel McHall, “The Soup”
  • $2 million – Piers Morgan, “America’s Got Talent”
  • $250,000 per episode – Kate Gosselin, “Kate Plus 8″
  • $ 30,000 per episode – Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “Jersey Shore”

“Today”‘s Matt Lauer makes more than $16 million a year. Other top earners in News are:

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