Evangeline Lilly’s Net Worth (And How Much She Made Per Episode of ‘Lost’)
Among all of the members of Lost‘s cast, Evangeline Lilly has made the most successful career for herself since the show ended, which is ironic considering it was originally her intention to retire from acting entirely.
In reality, she was pulled back into the acting game for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, and she has since joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Wasp. With those franchise films alone, her movies have grossed nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office.
So with all of her success on the big and small screen, what is Evangeline Lilly’s net worth? And how much money did she make from Lost, exactly?
Her net worth is reportedly $15 million
The Richest currently estimates that Lilly’s net worth is $15 million.
If this number is accurate, her net worth is smaller than that of Matthew Fox ($20 million) and Josh Holloway ($22 million). However, Lilly’s net worth is higher than most of the rest of the Lost cast, including Jorge Garcia ($5 million), Terry O’Quinn ($8 million), Naveen Andrews ($10 million), and Emilie De Ravin ($12 million).
Her net worth is also higher than some of her Marvel co-stars, including Sebastian Stan ($4 million), Anthony Mackie ($4 million), and Elizabeth Olsen ($5 million). You can read more about how her wealth compares to that of her Ant-Man co-stars here.
How much money did she make from Lost?
So how much wealth did Lilly accumulate throughout six seasons of Lost?
Well, NBC reported in January 2006 that Lilly was being paid something in the range of $20,000 to $40,000 per episode. At the time of this writing, the show was halfway through Season 2. According to this article, this salary was to remain the same for the rest of the season, but each cast member would receive a significant pay increase for Season 3; they’d all start to earn $80,000 per episode in the third season.
So if we assume Lilly made somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000 per episode for the first two seasons, that would be a total of between $980,000 and $1.96 million by the end of Season 2. This does not take into account any possible bonuses she received; that NBC article mentions Matthew Fox received a bonus of at least $250,000 but doesn’t mention anything about Lilly.
However, in 2008, The Guardian reported that although the rest of the cast was now making $80,000 per episode, by this point, Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly were both earning $150,000 per episode, having received another significant raise.
It’s not entirely clear when this pay bump happened. But let’s assume Lilly made $80,000 per episode for Season 3, and then she got the raise to $150,000 for Season 4, which began airing in 2008. That would mean she made $1.84 million for Season 3 and $2.1 million for Season 4. It would make sense for her contract to have been renegotiated at the start of Season 4 since that was the year the number of episodes per season began getting reduced.
That article from The Guardian notes that Lilly was also looking to renegotiate her contract, but it’s unclear whether she got a pay bump for Season 5 and Season 6, so we’re going to assume her $150,000 per episode salary remained the same until the end of the show. In that case, she would have made $2.5 million for Season 5 and $2.7 million for Season 6.
Now, let’s tally all of these numbers up and adjust for inflation:
- Season 1: Around $30,000 per episode x 25 episodes = $750,000, or $972,000 in 2018
- Season 2: $80,000 per episode x 24 episodes = $1.92 million, or $2.38 million in 2018
- Season 3: $80,000 per episode x 23 episodes = $1.84 million, or $2.29 million in 2018
- Season 4: $150,000 per episode x 14 episodes = $2.1 million, or $2.44 million in 2018
- Season 5: $150,000 per episode x 17 episodes = $2.5 million, or $3.00 million in 2018
- Season 6: $150,000 per episode x 18 episodes = $2.7 million, or $3.11 million in 2018
In total, then, Lilly’s base salary earnings from all six seasons of Lost add up to at least $14 million in today’s dollars. It might even be more than that, as it’s unclear when she got her salary bump to $150,000, and it’s also unclear whether she received an additional increase in salary for the very end of the show. This number also doesn’t factor in the additional revenue she has taken in from Lost since it ended.