Who's Getting Paid What? TV's Highest Paid Stars

August 11, 2010 By:
Who's Getting Paid What? TV's Highest Paid Stars

It should come as no surprise that Oprah is TV's highest paid star, but you'd be shocked to find out who is making the most when it comes to drama, talk shows, reality and news networks.

'House' star Hugh Laurie is leading the drama club with $400,000, but that's chump change compared to what Charlie Sheen makes--$1.25 million!

Ryan Seacrest makes $15 mil just from Idol alone, but that's still a third of what Judge Judy is taking home.

Check out the list of TV's highest paid stars below...

Drama actors:

Hugh Laurie (House) $400,000+

Christopher Meloni & Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) $395,000 (each)

David Caruso (CSI: Miami) $375,000

Marg Helgenberger (CSI) $375,000

Laurence Fishburne (CSI) $350,000

Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) $200,000

Nathan Fillion (Castle) $100,000

Jon Hamm (Mad Men) $100,000

Alex O'Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) $100,000

Talk show hosts:

Oprah Winfrey $315 million

Judge Judy Sheindlin $45 million

David Letterman (The Late Show) $28 million

Jay Leno (The Tonight Show) $25 million

Conan O'Brien (The Conan O'Brien Show) $10 million


Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) $15 million

Joel McHale (The Soup) $2 million

Piers Morgan (America's Got Talent) $2 million

Kate Gosselin (Kate Plus Eight) $250,000 per episode

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (Jersey Shore) $30,000 per episode

Comedy actors:

Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men) $1.25 million

Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) $550,000

Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner (The Simpsons) $400,000

Tina Fey (30 Rock) $350,000

Jeremy Piven (Entourage) $350,000

Steve Carell (The Office) $297,000

Ed O'Neill (Modern Family) $100,000

Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) $75,000


Matt Lauer (Today) $16 million +

Katie Couric (CBS) $15 million

Bill O'Reilly (Fox News) $10 million

Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) $7 million

Wolf Blitzer (CNN) $3 million