Which Hollywood Actors like Reese Witherspoon and Charlie Sheen Command $1 Million per TV Episode Salary?

Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon and Charlie Sheen have both scored television salaries of at least $1 million per episode. While both have lengthy film resumes, they have also made serious bank on the small screen.

Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen, left) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer, right) argue over how to raise Alan's son, Jake on Two and a Half Men
Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen, left) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer, right) argue over how to raise Alan’s son, Jake on Two and a Half Men |Gale Adler/CBS via Getty Images

Witherspoon appears to make it a common theme as she is often paid more than $1 million for most television series. The average high-paid television star tends to make anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 per episode. That range was apparent on the series Modern Family. The child actors each made $100,000 while the adult actors raked in $500,000 per episode, GoBankingRates reports.

And while $100,000 per episode can easily position any actor to quickly become a millionaire, which famous television actors are paid at least $1 million or more per episode?

Reese Witherspoon consistently commands $1 million or more

Witherspoon’s latest television salaries seem to always hit the $1 million per episode mark, according to GoBankingRates. Witherspoon earned $1.25 million per episode as an executive producer and star of The Morning Show. Jennifer Aniston, who produced and starred alongside her also made the same salary. Witherspoon also earned more than $1 million per episode for season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies.

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She starred and was the executive producer of Little Fires Everywhere. She earned $1.1 million per episode. Kerry Washington who starred alongside Witherspoon also earned $1.1 million per episode. Washington was also an executive producer of the series.

These women make bank in television

While the gender wage gap continues to be problematic across all industries, several women in Hollywood made $1 million or more per episode in television. In addition to her male cast members, Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory made $1 million per episode. Also, the women in the ensemble cast Friends made $1 million per episode along with their male counterparts.

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Ensemble cast Game of Thrones also paid the cast equally. Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, earned $1.2 million per episode for the last season. Elisabeth Moss reportedly earned $1 million per episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

In addition to Witherspoon Nicole Kidman, who was also a producer on Big Little Lies made $1 million per episode of season two. Helen Hunt (and also Paul Reiser) were originally paid $1 million per episode of Mad About You in 1998. They earned about $350,000 per episode for the reboot.

Charlie Sheen was the highest-paid television actor

Charlie Sheen made the most per episode. He was paid $1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men, GoBankingRates reports. Although he co-starred on the series, Jon Cryer was initially making $350,000 per episode. He received a serious pay bump and made $620,000 per episode.

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Ray Romano was also paid $1.8 million per episode for Everybody Loves Raymond. Romano’s co-stars made starkly less, leading co-star Brad Garrett to strike and re-negotiate his contract. Garrett ended up making $250,000 per episode. Co-star Patricia Heaton made $450,000 per episode.

Kelsey Grammer made $1.6 million per episode for Fraiser. Ultimately co-star David Hyde Pierce made $1 million per episode too. Norman Reedus makes $1 million per episode for The Walking Dead.