List of highest paid American television stars

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This is a list of people starring on American TV that are the highest paid, based on various sources of news and reliable websites. This list includes the top paid TV stars, the Network primetime salaries per episode, which includes stars from Two and a Half Men and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It also includes the highest salaries per year which include Tyra Banks, Maury Povich and Ellen DeGeneres, and the top paid news presenters, with some people of the Today Show and the CBS Evening News.

Top people[edit]

Name Program Role Salary Year References
Oprah The Oprah Winfrey Show Host & producer $315 million 2010 [1]
Dr Phil Dr. Phil Host $80 million [2][3]
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper $48 million 2011 [4]
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Raymond Barone $44 million 2002 [2][5]
Simon Cowell American Idol Judge $34 million [2][6][7]
Judith Sheindlin Judge Judy Judge $30 million [8]
James Gandolfini The Sopranos Tony Soprano $22 million 2007 [2][9]
Katie Couric CBS Evening News News anchor $15 million [2][10]
Britney Spears The X Factor USA Judge $15 million [2][11]

Network primetime salaries per episode[edit]

Name Program Role Salary Year References
Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper $2 million [4]
Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond Raymond Barone $1.25 million [12]
Tim Allen Home Improvement Tim Taylor $1.25 million 1998 [13]
Paul Reiser Mad About You Paul Buchman $1 million 1998 [13]
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman $1 million 1998 [13]
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green $1 million [12]
Courteney Cox Friends Monica Geller $1 million [12]
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay $1 million [12]
Matt LeBlanc Friends Joey Tribbiani $1 million [12]
David Schwimmer Friends Dr. Ross Geller $1 million [12]
Matthew Perry Friends Chandler Bing $1 million [14]
Johnny Galecki The Big Bang Theory Leonard Hofstadter $1 million [15]
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper $1 million [15]
Kaley Cuoco The Big Bang Theory Penny $1 million [15]
Ashton Kutcher Two and a Half Men Walden Schmidt $755,000 [16]
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men Alan Harper $600,000 [14]
Mark Harmon NCIS Leroy Jethro Gibbs $525,000 [17]

Morning top paid salary per year[edit]

Name Program Role Salary Year References
Judith Sheindlin Judge Judy Judge $31 million [8]
Barbara Walters The View Host $13 million [18]
Bob Barker The Price Is Right Game show host $10 million [19][20]
Maury Povich Maury Host $7 million (plus profits) [21]
Ellen DeGeneres The Ellen DeGeneres Show Host $5 million [22][23]
Jerry Springer The Jerry Springer Show Host $3 million - 4 million [24]
Tyra Banks The Tyra Banks Show Host $3.5 million [25][26]

Top paid news presenters[edit]

Name Program Role Salary Year References
Katie Couric CBS Evening News News anchor $15 million [27][28]
Matt Lauer Today Anchor $21 million [29]
Meredith Vieira Today Anchor $15 million [30][31]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ a b "From Jon Stewart to 'NCIS' star Mark Harmon: How much do the biggest TV stars earn?". Fox News. 2013-08-20. 
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  29. ^ Starr, Michael (2002-05-02). "Matt Lauer Stays for Another 'Day'". Fox News. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  30. ^ Durden, Douglas (2006-09-14). "'Today' gives new host a very warm welcome". Richmond Times. 
  31. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12185893/

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