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The Highest-Paid TV Actors by Episode

November 01, 2020

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As a payroll company, we're constantly fascinated by unique aspects of compensation, especially in high-profile industries. Ever been curious about the earnings of your beloved television stars? Let's unravel the mysteries behind their salaries. Here, we present the top 5 highest-paid TV actors for a single episode, enriched with intriguing details.


1. Chris Pratt


Show: The Terminal List

Character: James Reece

Salary per Episode: $1.4 million

Years: 2022-2023


2. Elizabeth Moss


Show: The Handmaid's Tale

Character: June Osborne

Salary per Episode: $1 million

Years: 2021-2022


3. tie: Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston


Show: The Morning Show

Characters: Bradley Jackson & Alex Levy

Salary per Episode: $2 million (combined)

Years: 2021-2022


4. Norman Reedus


Show: The Walking Dead

Character Played: Daryl Dixon

Salary per Episode: $1 million

Years: 2022-2023


5. Dwayne Johnson


Show: Young Rock

Character Played: Himself

Salary per Episode: $650,000

Years: 2022-2023


Other interesting facts


Several of these shows, like "The Morning Show" and "The Handmaid's Tale," have potential for syndication. Whenever these episodes air, the actors earn royalties. For instance, the income that Elizabeth Moss could amass from syndication is projected to be astronomical.

Lucrative Exits

In 2022, Chris Pratt emerged as the top-earning actor. His role in "The Terminal List" contributed significantly to his estimated net worth of $100 million in 2022. Interestingly, he was even paid to vacate his spot on "Guardians of the Galaxy" in 2022, with a contract buyout reported to be worth $50 million.

Persistence Wins

Most of these stars didn't begin their careers earning such staggering per-episode rates. Their income gradually increased over their career span. For instance, in 2011, Dwayne Johnson made just $150,000 per episode of "Ballers."


Whoever is balancing these stars' payrolls has a lot of work to do! Complete Payroll likes to leave our valued clients with some quirky yet useful information to chew on during their busy days.

All in all, every aspect of life can relate back to the business we do. Hopefully, these interesting facts cross your mind while you unwind at the end of the day to watch your favorite Primetime T.V. Shows.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein does not constitute the provision of legal advice, tax advice, accounting services or professional consulting of any kind. The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional legal, tax, accounting, or other professional advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional adviser who has been provided with all pertinent facts relevant to your particular situation and for your particular state(s) of operation.

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