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Network primetime salaries per episode

Name Program Role Salary Year Ref.
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper $1.8 million 2010-11 [1]
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Raymond Barone $1.7 million 2003–05 [2]
Kelsey Grammer Frasier Frasier Crane $1.6 million 2002–04 [3]
Tim Allen Home Improvement Tim Taylor $1.25 million 1998–99 [1]
James Gandolfini The Sopranos Tony Soprano $1 million 2006–07 [4]
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green $1 million 2002–04 [5]
Courteney Cox Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc Joey Tribbiani
David Schwimmer Ross Geller
Matthew Perry Chandler Bing
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman $1 million 1998–99 [6]
Paul Reiser Paul Buchman
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld $1 million 1997–98 [7]
Johnny Galecki The Big Bang Theory Leonard Hofstadter $900,000 2017-19 [8]
Jim Parsons Sheldon Cooper
Kunal Nayyar Raj Koothrapali
Simon Helberg Howard Wolowitz
Kaley Cuoco Penny
Ashton Kutcher Two and a Half Men Walden Schmidt $755,000 [1]
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey $750,000 2001–04 [1]
Lauren Graham Gilmore Girls Lorelai Gilmore $750,000 2016 [9]
Alexis Bledel Rory Gilmore
David Hyde Pierce Frasier Niles Crane $750,000 [10]
Hugh Laurie House Dr. Gregory House $700,000
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead Rick Grimes $650,000 2017–18 [11]
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Alan Harper $620,000 2013–15 [12]
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes $600,000 1997–98 [1]
Jason Alexander George Costanza
Michael Richards Cosmo Kramer
Norman Reedus The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon $550,000 2017–18 [11]

Network primetime salaries per season

Name Program Role Salary Year Ref.
Simon Cowell The X Factor Judge $75 million 2012–13 [13]
Katy Perry American Idol $25 million 2017–18 [14]
Jennifer Lopez $20 million 2011–12 [15]
Mariah Carey $18 million 2012–13 [16]
Hugh Laurie House Gregory House $15 million 2013 [13]
Ryan Seacrest American Idol Host 2013–16 [13]
Britney Spears The X Factor Judge 2012 [16]
Miley Cyrus The Voice Coach $13 million 2016–17 [17]
Adam Levine 2016–18 [17]
Blake Shelton 2016–18 [17]
Christina Aguilera $12.5 million 2013 [18]
Kelly Clarkson $12 million 2018 [19]
Shakira 2013 [18]
Gwen Stefani 2017 [20]
Nicki Minaj American Idol Judge 2012–13 [18]

Morning annual salaries

Name Program Role Salary Year Ref.
Judith Sheindlin Judge Judy Judge $47 million 2013 [21]
Barbara Walters The View Host $13 million 2007 [22]
Bob Barker The Price Is Right Game show host $10 million 2001 [23]
Ellen DeGeneres The Ellen DeGeneres Show Host $5 million 2007 [24]
Jerry Springer The Jerry Springer Show Host $3–4 million 1999 [25]
Tyra Banks The Tyra Banks Show Host $3.5 million [26][27]

News presenter annual salaries

Name Program Role Salary Year Ref.
Matt Lauer Today Anchor $21 million [28]
Meredith Vieira Today Anchor $15 million [29][30]
Katie Couric CBS Evening News News anchor $15 million [31]

Notes

References

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