Jussie Smollett’s Net Worth and How Much He Makes Per Episode on ‘Empire’

Though he exploded in Hollywood for his role as Jamal Lyon on the Fox musical drama Empire, Jussie Smollett has been acting and singing since he was a small child. In the late 1980s, Smollett began his career by working in commercials. Later he went on to star in The Mighty Ducks and voicing the role of Mike on the TV series, Cro. However, in 2015, his starring role on Empire electrified his career and allowed him to not only showcase his acting talent but his singing talent as well.

Take a look at Smollet’s net worth, his salary for his acclaimed role on Empire, and more details on the horrific hate crime that he recently endured.

What is Jussie Smollett’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Smollett’s net worth is $500,000. He has made most of his money through acting over the years appearing in episodes of Coach, The Mindy Project, and Revenge. Most recently in addition to Empire, Smollett has starred as Langston Hughes in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall and he guest-hosted on Live! With Kelly in 2016 before Kelly Ripa found a permanent host in Ryan Seacrest.

How much does he make per episode on Empire?

In 2016, when Empire was entering its second season, it was reported that Smollett made $20,000 per episode for his role as Jamal Lyon. With approximately 18 episodes per season, that would bring his Empire salary to $360,000. Since this was Smullott’s salary just as Empire was taking off –we’d expect that he’s earning a bit more since the show is well into its 5th season.

Why was Jussie Smollett attacked?

In late January 2019, after returning to Chicago, Illinois where Empire is filmed, Smollett was viciously attacked by two white men wearing ski masks and “Make American Great Again” hats. CBS Chicago reported that the actor was walking in the 300 blocks of E. Lower Water Street when two people began yelling racial and homophobic slurs and shouting, “This is MAGA country.” According to a statement by the Chicago Police, “The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim.”

TMZ is reporting that the unknown chemical was bleach and that the attackers also wrapped a rope around the 36-year old actor’s neck. Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital where he was released with a fractured rib and a laceration on his face.

Since the actor is Black and openly gay–the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. Hate crimes have increased in the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump.

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