The ratings of this tear-jerker show keep on rising, but the pays of the incredible cast members have remained static. This Is Us have renewed until 2019, but NBC has not yet revealed if they were going to give their cast members a raise amid the top-ratings they have earned the last season. Turns out, the highest paid actors on the show are Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore. With such talent in the hit show that has earned 8 Emmy nominations, the cast is still paid relatively very well. Moore is the receiver of $80,000 per episode, but we won't be surprised if it jumps to $1 million sooner or later.
The CBS drama wrapped up in 2015, but one of the actresses on The Mentalist is worthy of being on this list. The show lasted for seven seasons, and while it is no longer on air, the series had an incredible cast that earned themselves fat paycheques. Though Simon Baker was the highest paid actor on the show because he also served as producer, two steps behind him was Robin Tunney, who by the end of the series was reeling in $200,000 for her hard work.
Who does not love some Margaret Atwood? Last year Atwood fans rejoiced when they found out that the novel The Handmaid's Tale would turn into a series. The show has recently been renewed for a third season, and fans of the Hulu original series are thrilled, as the series has left viewers on their toes. Which actress has helped in making the show as popular and well-reputed as it is? Elisabeth Moss. With her incredible acting abilities, this show perfectly shows off what she is made of, and it has been revealed that she earns $200,000 per episode.
Shonda Rhimes is a brilliant producer and an all-time favourite, and as this list has proven, she is very generous with her actresses that prove themselves. Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating on HTGAWM, a character that teaches a class on defence law, but Davis does a flawless job at being charismatic while keeping serious but also sassy ― that is a triple whammy. And with that, Davis goes home with a $250,000 pay per episode of the drama.
Millie Bobby Brown
It is not only adult actresses that row in the fat paycheques, but the younger ones too. There is something about child stars that is so appealing because of their brilliance at the profession at a young age. We all know the show Stranger Things is strange, as the title speaks for itself, but without Millie Bobby Brown, the show would not be what it is supposed to stand for. Want to know what a huge bump in a salary is? Brown started off with a $30,000 salary per episode to $350,000!
The world instantly became obsessed with the Netflix original series Stranger Things. While some found it utterly strange, some were fond about the buffed-up series; let us just say that we do not know why Netflix had to continuously ask us if we are still watching. Most of us fell in love with the series, that will have a third season in 2019, because of the one and only Winona Ryder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryder racks in $350,000 per episode ― there's nothing strange about that.
She may be the main character in the American sitcom New Girl, but she is certainly no new girl in the acting world. The Hollywood A-lister with hypnotizing blue eyes and dark black hair won our hearts just with her drop-dead looks, but Zooey Deschanel is truly a formidable actress. Deschanel brings in $7 million, as she is the kind of actress that makes you want to see more and more of her. Hence why her role on the comedy show has lasted as long as it has and also put her on our list.
We fell in love with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Seinfeld when she flaunted her one-of-a-kind Elaine dance moves; watching Seinfeld was like a breath of fresh air because of Julia, the only woman in a group of awkward and hilarious men. However, she was not paid the same kind of money back in the '90s, but now with her continued success on television she managed to dance on this list. The Seinfeld alum has since been on HBO's Veep, earning her $7.5 million.
Another woman who has been killing it on the air for years and showing the world what girl power really is is actress Emily Deschanel. Might we say, the Deschanel sisters really have got it going on and Emily is not afraid to shake up our bones on Bones, which is her long-running role on the hit American drama series. Both sisters do not have a fear of flying or taking chances, but with 12 seasons on the show, Emily just beat her sister, earning $7.5 million.
It is not a rich man's world after all, and these women are taking over TV ― even Game of Thrones. Although House Stark coined the famous motto "winter is coming," actresses like Emilia Clarke only need to mutter 3 words to get a whooping $2.6 million per episode; just in case math is not your forte, that is $866,666 per word. This has been Clarke's fat paycheque for the last two seasons of the show only ― and yes, even she barely speaks ― cha-ching!
Of course, we are not belittling the fact that just a few words makes actresses like Emilia Clarke, the same amount of money per episode as her colleagues. We want to point out the fairness of Game of Thrones when it comes to salaries, while informing you that, Lena Headey, also made the same $2.6 million per episode for only the last two seasons. As Cersei Lannister, she may have spoken more words than fellow actress Clarke, but in GoT, it is all about performance. Everything on the show is impactful and not surprisingly earns them thousands of Benjamins.
Imagine being married to Ray Romano and living a life always surrounded by his parents and brother? Well for many seasons, actress Patricia Heaton did, and the Everybody Loves Raymond alum is finally getting all the glory and the fat paycheque that she is worthy of. The alum brought us many laughs while on Everybody Loves Raymond, but since then, she has been making a living as a middle-aged and middle-class American mom, Frankie Heck, on the sitcom The Middle. She is not so middle-class in real life though with her yearly $8.5 million earnings.
If ever you're thinking of being a forensic scientist, then do so, but play the role of one on a television show to earn the big bucks!
What we love about most A-list women on this list is that their crazy salaries are all because of their hard and deserving work and it is inspiring ― it is not an easy task to play the role of a forensic scientist for 14 years. Pauly Perrette earns a six-figure salary of $9.5 million from playing Abby Sciuto on NCIS.
Netflix is doing a tremendous job with their unique series, making many low-key actresses into huge stars. And luckily for Robin Wright, she has Netflix to thank for giving her a boost in her paycheque as well. Though the actress has appeared on the big screen in films like Wonder Woman and Justice League, it is the Netflix original series House of Cards that made her the star she is today. Not that she already wasn’t, but being a part of the series is what made her one of the top female earners on TV with a $9 million salary. Her house is definitely not for sale!
With Joe Jonas on her arms, what else could she ask for? Priyanka Chopra recently got engaged to the love of her life, Joe Jonas, but she has way more going for her. The humble and beloved Bollywood actress has garnered major success, and with her impeccable acting skills, we are not surprised. Earning a spot on our list, the star who starred in the television drama Quantico, earned a major income of $10 million. You go girl!