Highest-Paid TV Actor: How Much Jim Parsons Made in 2018

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Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper is such a draw for the hit show, The Big Bang Theory that it’s no surprise that he is getting a lot of money. His time on the show is coming to a close, but the actor is getting a lot of money right up to the very end that he is the highest-paid TV actor once again. So how much is making? Here is everything you need o know.

Jim Parsons made $26.5 million pretax in the 12 months before June 1, 2018

Sheldon Cooper leads his group of friends in a line out the door

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The sitcom star has been the highest-paid TV actor four years in a row. This time around he made $26.5 million pretax, according to Forbes. This is actually after he and a few of his other co-stars took a pay cut from $1 million per episode to $900,000 per episode so Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could get raises.

Johnny Galecki is the second on the list by making $25 million. Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg are tied at third by making $23.5 million. They also get points on the back-end of the show.

Jim Parsons doesn’t just make bank from his highly-rated show. He makes money as an executive producer on the spinoff, Young Sheldon. He also gets money through endorsement deals like the seven-figure deal he has with Intel.

Last year he made it to the top of the list by making $27.5 million

This year was a little bit of a drop for Parsons. Last year Forbes reported that he made $27.5 million. That was when he was making $1 million per episode so that’s probably what made the difference. His cast members also trailed behind him that year.

Jim Parsons reportedly turned down $50 million by declining to do Season 13 and 14 of the show

It’s no surprise that the actor might want a change of pace after 12 seasons. He hasn’t talked too much about leaving the show but he did make a post about it on Instagram. There he said goodbye to the crew, writers, and finally the cast.

“I am terribly grateful for the cast in this picture and the cast members who aren’t pictured here,” he wrote “whether they were in one scene or many episodes along the way; you are all my playmates that I have fallen in love with and who have become part of my life on set and off.”

Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions also released a joint statement about the end of the show. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons,” read the statement. “We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

There were reports that the network really tried to negotiate to continue the show. So Parsons ended up turning down more than $50 million by declining to do more seasons.

Read more: Jim Parsons Says Life After ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Will Take Some Getting Used to

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