‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Who Is the Highest Paid Actor?

Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Ellie Kemper, and Carol Kane
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt cast | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was a critical and commercial hit for its four-season run. Now that there are no more new episodes, it’s time to dig in and learn more about its cast, along with answering questions about their salaries.

This Emmy-nominated show attracted a lot of attention due to its star power and intriguing premise. It was generally considered a hit — however, Netflix doesn’t share its findings in terms of viewership numbers, so we’ll have to look into each of the four main actors individually through other sources in order to determine who made the most money.

Ellie Kemper

Actress Ellie Kemper from The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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The lead actor on the series is Ellie Kemper, who plays the eponymous Kimmy, a late-20-something who has to adjust to life in the 21st century after spending the last 15 years trapped in a bunker. She’s trying her hand at surviving in New York City with little education and no street smarts, and she gets by with the help of her ragtag group of friends.

Because the show revolves around her, and she’s in every episode, it’s safe to assume that Kemper makes more money than the rest of her cast members. In 2017, it was revealed that she was making $150,000 per episode, making her one of the highest paid streaming stars. However, despite her success on The Office and in films like Bridesmaids, Kemper’s net worth is just $4 million — lower than the rest of her cast mates.

Tituss Burgess

Tituss Burgess
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Actor Tituss Burgess has an impressive background in theater. However, his character, Titus Andromedon, is a struggling actor who can’t seem to catch a break, and who works many odd jobs in order to get by. For this role, Burgess brought in $90,000 per episode. Though he made less than Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, he is thought to have a slightly higher net worth at $5 million.

Jane Krakowski

Actress Jane Krakowski attends Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' for your consideration event red carpet at Saban Media Center on May 4, 2017 in North Hollywood, California
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Krakowski is perhaps best known for her role as the stuck-up actress Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock. Because of her friendship with Tina Fey, who created both shows, it makes sense that she would land a big part in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s unknown how much Krakowski made per episode playing Jacqueline White, a wealthy New York housewife who will do anything to stay on top. However, Krakowski has the highest net worth of all the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars, at $12 million.

Carol Kane

Carol Kane
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Emmy-winner Carol Kane has been acting since 1971, and has a very long resume. She’s perhaps best known for starring opposite the late Andy Kaufman on the series Taxi. It’s unknown how much Kane made for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, though given her pedigree, we’d guess it’s a sizable sum. Her net worth is also thought to be around $5 million.

Could there ever be more Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?

Kemper, Krakowski, Burgess, and Kane have likely all received their last paychecks for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as we know it. However, there’s still a chance they’ll make more off the property in the future. Creators Fey and Robert Carlock have teased the possibility of a movie in the future. If Netflix is willing to pay for this in the future, hopefully the stars will agree to come back for one last hurrah.

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