Kaley Cuoco Net Worth: Her ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Salary and Why She Took a Pay Cut

It’s no secret that TV and movie stars make a lot of money. Some of the highest-paid actors on television make close to $1 million per episode — more than many of us may ever see in our lifetimes.

Kaley Cuoco is just one of several Hollywood actresses — along with Sofia Vergara and Ellen Pompeo — whose starring roles on major television networks have skyrocketed their net worth and paved the way for virtually any future roles of their choosing.

Once The Big Bang Theory ends, Cuoco will star in a new series as DC’s Harley Quinn. Voicing the popular character will likely lead to more voiceover work and film credits, which she has more than earned. So far, she’s earned a lot more than fame.

How Kaley Cuoco became one of the highest-paid actresses on television

Kaley Cuoco

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Cuoco made her feature film acting debut in 1995, and has since become one of the highest paid television actresses in Hollywood.

Before she made her debut as Penny on The Big Bang Theory in 2007, Cuoco starred in pupular TV series such as 8 Simple Rules and Charmed, and voiced characters on several animated shows for younger audiences.

Everything changed when The Big Bang Theory became a major hit.

It has won numerous awards since its premiere in 2007, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (multiple years) and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series. It has been nominated for many more, and its stars have won multiple individual awards on behalf of the show.

Individually, Cuoco has won Critics Choice, People’s Choice, and Sattelite Awards in Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Favorite Comedic TV Actress, and Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in the show.

Kaley Cuoco’s net worth

Some of the highest paid actresses on television have long-running starring roles in hit network comedies and dramas currently on air. Sofia Vergara, who plays Gloria on Modern Family, was the highest-paid actress of 2017. Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) and Cuoco also made that list.

Cuoco is now reportedly worth over $50 million.

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. Celebrities aren’t paid to earn these stars, but instead pay $30,000-40,000 to have them created, installed, and maintained.

How much she gets paid for The Big Bang Theory

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco | CBS

Now in its 12th and final season, The Big Bang Theory costs $10 million per episode to produce. This does not include its cast’s impressive salaries.

She reportedly signed a contract that would allow her to earn $1 million per episode. However, she willingly took a $100,000 pay cut when the show was renewed for its 12th and final season.

Sources say she willingly took the pay cut so that her female co-stars could get raises. She did this along with co-stars Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki to support Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were hoping for bigger per-episode earnings.

Each now earns $900,000 per episode.