The 10 Highest-Paid TV Actors of 2016

2016 was a very profitable year for some of TV’s biggest names, according to Forbes. The publication recently released their annual list of the highest-paid actors on the small-screen, ranking various series stars from around the globe by their total annual income for the period of June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016.

Several notable stars, including Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Castle’s Nathan Fillion, were able to crack the top 10 with their sizable paychecks. But unsurprisingly, it’s The Big Bang Theory cast that truly dominated last year, with all of the male leads rising to the top of the list. So who commanded the biggest earnings over the past 12 months? Here’s a look at the 10 highest-paid male TV actors in the world in 2016.

10. Ed O’Neil

Ed O'Neil | Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Ed O’Neil | Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Total income: $11.5 million

Playing Jay Pritchett on Modern Family makes Ed O’Neil part of one of the highest-paid casts on TV. As of the last negotiations in 2012, the actor brings in about the same salary as his co-stars, but bulks up his income by earning significantly more in back-end participation. He also supplements his annual revenue by voicing commercials for Zyrtec.

9 (tie). Ray Romano

Ray Romano | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Ray Romano | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Total income: $12 million

Romano brought in a cool $12 million over the last year, thanks to a variety of appearances on TV. In addition to holding a co-starring role on HBO’s short-lived Vinyl, he also raked in money from his small-screen stand-up routines and of course, the ongoing syndication deal for Everybody Loves Raymond.

8 (tie). Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Jesse Tyler Ferguson | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Total income: $12 million

Ferguson is not only a member of Modern Family’s core ensemble, he’s also a Broadway star. In between seasons of the ABC hit comedy, Ferguson garnered additional earnings by starring in the one-man show, Fully Committed, which ran in spring and summer 2016.

7 (tie). Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Nathan Fillion | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Total income: $12 million

Though ABC has pulled the plug on Castle, that doesn’t mean that Fillion isn’t still profiting from the long-running show. In addition to earning his regular salary for the last season of the series, Fillion also benefits from Castle’s syndication deal with TNT.

6. Ty Burrell

Ty Burrell | Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios

Ty Burrell | Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios

Total income: $12.5 million

Like his co-stars, Burrell brings in several millions from starring on ABC’s Modern Family. But that’s not the only way he rakes in the cash. The actor has also appeared in advertisements, including one for the National Association of Realtors, in which he appears in character as Phil Dunphy.

5. Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon | Mark Davis/Getty Images

Total income: $20 million

Harmon’s role as Special Agent Gibbs on the popular, long-running drama NCIS continues to earn him a big paycheck. The actor earns about $11.5 million for each season of the police procedural, which was the third most watched television program (and the most watched drama) of the 2015–2016 season. He also brings in additional earnings, thanks to his position as an executive producer on the series.

4. Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Total income: $22 million

As of his last contract negotiations in 2014, Nayyar earns around $750,000 per episode for his role as Raj Koothrappali on CBS’s high-rated sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. While that’s a lower fee per episode than some of his co-stars, the actor supplements his income with projects outside of the TV world. One such project is his bestselling memoir, Yes, My Accent is Real, which proved to be a hit with the public after its release in 2015.

3. Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Total income: $22.5 million

Like Nayyar, Helberg also rakes in about $750,000 per episode for his role on The Big Bang Theory. But though he may be best recognized for playing Howard Wolowitz on the long-running CBS comedy, he adds to his earnings with occasional appearances on the big-screen. This past year, he appeared alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in the feature flick, Florence Foster Jenkins.

2. Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Total income: $24 million

Galecki, along with co-stars Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, made headlines in 2014, when the trio negotiated new $1 million per episode contracts for Seasons 8 to 10 of The Big Bang Theory. Considering each season consists of about 22 episodes, that puts the actor’s total earnings at about $24 million per season. With that sizable paycheck, it’s no surprise that Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter on the sitcom, is the second highest-paid star currently on TV.

1. Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons highest-paid TV actors

Jim Parsons | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Total income: $25.5 million

The Big Bang Theory’s Parsons tops Forbes’ ranking for the second year in a row. Like Galecki, the actor earns a total of $24 million (or $1 million per episode) for his role as the neurotic brainiac Sheldon Cooper on the series. He also adds to his annual income off the small-screen, with an endorsement deal with Intel.

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