Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists (TV Series)

Last week was crazy for Charlie Sheen, regarding his alcohol problem and now the declarations he made about the of the “Two and a Half Men” sitcom creator, Chuck Lorre. One of the news that came out last week was that he was asking for a raise in his salary, situation that made me curious about how much is was making and how is the payment ranking for TV artists. After some research I found that it is a little bit difficult to rank all TV artists in just one post, considering that there is a big difference in how their salaries are negotiated: on one side you have the drama and comedy TV series, where actors payment is normally established by how much they make per episode; on the other side there are talk and reality shows, where artists contracts are usually negotiated by year.

Having this into consideration,  here we have the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists in a drama or comedy series, considering how much money they make per episode:

1. Charlie Sheen

Salary (per episode): $1.25 million

TV show: Two and a Half Men

Category: Comedy

2. Jon Cryer

Salary (per episode): $525 000

TV show: Two and a Half Men

Category: Comedy

3. Hugh Laurie

Salary (per episode): +$400 000

TV show: House

Category: Drama

4. Marcia Cross (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Terry Hatcher (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Felicity Huffman (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Eva Longoria (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Dan Castellaneta (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: The Simpsons (Homer Simpson, Abraham “Grampa” Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman voices)

Category: Comedy

4. Julie Kavner (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: The Simpsons (Margie Simpson and Patty and Selma Bouvier voices)

Category: Comedy

5. Christopher Meloni (tie)

Salary (per episode): $395 000

TV show: Law & Order: SVU

Category: Drama

5. Mariska Hargitay (tie)

Salary (per episode): $395 000

TV show: Law & Order: SVU

Category: Drama

6. David Caruso (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: CSI: Miami

Category: Drama

6. Marg Helgenberger (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: CSI

Category: Drama

6. Mark Harmon (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: NCIS

Category: Drama

7. Tina Fey (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: 30 Rock

Category: Comedy

7. Jeremy Piven (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: Entourage

Category: Comedy

7. Laurence Fishburne (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: CSI

Category: Drama

7. Kyra Sedgwick (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: The Closer

Category: Drama

7. Denis Leary (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: Rescue Me

Category: Drama

Source: allvoices.com, tvguide.com, hollywooddame.com

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