Top 10 Highest Paid American TV Stars

The cast of Friends surprised the world when they started getting a salary of $1,000,000 per episode due to the success of the series. Thirteen years later the main stars of The Big Bang Theory began earning 60 thousand dollars per episode in the first season to get today a million dollars. Therefore, this is a top 10 of actors who also managed to make fortunes and are considered te highest paid American TV stars . From the best paid to the “least” best paid.

10. Andrew Lincoln

$650,000 each episode of The Walking Dead

Highest Paid American TV Stars - Andrew Lincoln

Andrew Lincoln, who we all know as Rick Grimes, recently received a salary increase that reaches the sum of $650,000 for the seventh and eighth season of The Walking Dead. While the actor Norman Reedus better known as Daryl Dixon, received an increase of $550,000.

9. Ashton Kutcher

$755,000 each episode of Two and a Half Man. 

After Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Man, Kutcher was paid $755,000 per episode for his role as Hizo Walden in the series. However, this meant a saving in money for the producers.

8. Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons

$1,000,000 each episode of The Big Bang Theory.

These three main actors of The Big Bang Theory, better known in the series as Leonard Hofstadter, Penny and Sheldon Cooper, earned a salary of $1 million per episode; while the stars Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg about $750,000.

7. Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow

$1,000,000 each episode of Friends.

At the end of the famous series in 2004, the cast was getting a salary of $1 million per episode. Which means that each chapter of the 10th season cost six million dollars just to for its protagonists. 

6. Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt

$1,000,000 each eposide of Mad about you.

In the seventh season of the series Mad About You the two actors were having a salary of one million dollars per episode.

5. Peter Dinklage, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington

$1,100,000 each episode of Game of Thrones

They are the five highest paid actors in the cast of Game of Thrones and represent Tyrion Lannister Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow respectively. They recently received a salary increase of $1,100,000 for the next two seasons of the series.

4. Tim Allen

$1,250,000 each episode of Home Improvement.

In 1999 the actor got $1,250,000 for each of the 27 episodes of the last season of the series Home Improvement.

3. Kelsey Grammer

$1,600,000 each episode of Frasier.

Kelsey Grammer, who represents the television’s favorite psychiatrist earned $1,600,000 per episode of the famous 90s series Frasier.

2. Ray Romano

$1,800,000 each episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

The comedian and main actor of Everybody Loves Raymond got $1,800,000 per episode during the last season of the series.

1. Charlie Sheen

$1,800,000 each episode of Two and a Half Man.

Winning! Charlie Sheen got $1,800,000 per episode during the last season of Two and a Half Man, plus $2 million per episode of Anger Management after episode 100. He was the highest paid actor during that time.

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