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 alleged hate crime that police now say Smollett orchestrated.

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.


Was Jussie Smollett attacked?

In late January 2019, after returning to Chicago, Illinois where Empire is filmed, Smollett claimed he 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.”

The police did not believe the actor and claimed that he allegedly paid $3,500 to stage a “bogus” hate crime attack. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson believes that Smollett orchestrated the crime because he was unhappy with his Empire salary and wanted to draw attention to himself. Johnson said at a press conference that the actor was “taking advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left shaking my head and asking why.”

Smollett was arrested and is now charged with a Class 4 Felony (punishable for up to 3yrs in prison) for Disorderly Conduct in Falsifying Police report. Now, the Empire actor has been cleared of all charges.  In a statement, his attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said, “He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public, causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”

This story is still developing.

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