Television Star Salaries

Posted by Shazy on Sunday, March 13, 2011

Television Star Salaries
American Idol is one of the hottest shows on TV. The new "American Idol" judges are a hit with the fans and they're making big bucks, too. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler join longtime host Randy Jackson, who secured his spot on the panel for another year.

Dr. Phil

Viewers: 7 million

A longtime favorite of this Queen of Daytime TV got his own show and his own big-time salary.

Is his son following in his footsteps
Desperate Housewives

Viewers: 13.1 million

Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria each make a bundle per episode.
Bethenny Ever After

Though she only makes this much per episode of her reality show, she makes a tidy sum each year as a chef, author and guest celebrity.
Keeping up with the Kardashians

Part of the Kardashian reality TV juggernaut, Kim makes this much per episode, including the latest show in the series.

With her perfume line, endorsements and staggering appearance fee, she rakes in a big yearly salary.
House M.D.

Viewers: 19.4 million

As Dr. Gregory House, the lovable yet curmudgeonly star of "House M.D.," Brit Hugh Laurie takes home a bundle.
The Oprah Winfrey Show

Viewers: 14 million

The talk show queen's yearly paycheck is one of the largest.

Even though this will be her show's last year , she has already launched her new network.
Judge Judy

Viewers: 14 million

As well as bringing home the bacon, the syndicated cynical TV judge has even surpassed the media queen in ratings.
Late Show With David Letterman

Viewers: 3.7 million (nightly)

Even though this nightly news program beat both Letterman and Leno, Letterman is still one of the kings of late night, and his paycheck is proof.
Dancing With the Stars

Viewers: 24.1 million

Celebrity contestants earn about $200,000 per season; the winner gets a bonus.

The pro dancers earn much less. Len Goodman is thought to nab six figures.
Undercover Boss

Viewers: 16.7 million

Among the financial benefits of reality TV is no expensive actors.
60 Minutes

Viewers: 14.5 million

Lesley Stahl reportedly earns low seven figures annually.

For "60 Minutes" and her regular gig, Katie Couric's yearly grand total ...

Back in 1987, Andy Rooney's weekly salary was revealed.

Viewers: 13 million

If rumors are correct, Mark Harmon's episodic salary is less than half Sheen's fee.

One "Law & Order: SVU" actress is reported to earn more than Harmon.

Viewers: 12.2 million

See the "TV Guide" salary survey for an idea of what star Nathan Fillion earns.

Would he do another "Firefly" series? Fillion says yes: "Daddy's got bills to pay!"
Grey's Anatomy

Viewers: 11.6 million

Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo pull in around $250,000 per episode.

Upset with her initial salary, Katherine Heigl renegotiated, then left.

Source: Specials