Highest Paid Actors and Actresses

An actor or actress is someone who pretends to be someone else while performing in a film, play, or television or radio program.

The World’s Highest-Paid Actresses of 2019

Highest Paid Newscasters, News Reporters and Commentators On Television

Some of these personalities are actual newscasters but some are what you would call political analysts or political commentators. In my opinion, some are just TV personalities. They are listed in no particular order.

Local TV Anchor Salary

Now compare this to what a local TV station newscaster is paid. Why is there such a wide gulf between salaries?

The U.S. Department of Labor provides national salary data for news reporters, which it groups together with broadcast news analysts and anchors. Since there are more local than national reporters, this data reflects for the most part the wages paid to local reporters. In 2017, broadcast news analysts were paid a median annual salary of $62,910. The median salary is the amount at which half of people with this job made less and half made more. The highest 10 percent of salaries were more than $195,520, while the lowest 10 percent were less than $26,510.

The average salary for a news anchor is $83,300, though this can range from a minimum of $14,000 to a maximum of $875,000, depending on market size and other circumstances.

Sports anchors weigh in with an average $56,500 annually, with a range of $18,000-$275,000. Weathercasters  make $69,800, with a range of $12,000-$595,000.

  • 1-3 Years: $38,005
  • 4-6 Years: $45,629
  • 7-9 Years: $48,855 
  • 10-14 Years: $52,573 
  • 15 or More Years: $56,134

Salaries of Actors and Actresses and Personalities on Television

  • Oprah Winfrey is estimated to be worth $2.5 billion
  • Ellen DeGeneres income of $87,500,000
  • Whoopi Goldberg $5-6 million annual The View
  • Joy Behar $2.5 million annual The View
  • Rest of cast paid below Behar
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) $1 million per episode
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) $1 million per episode
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) $1 million per episode
  • Kunal Nayyer (The Big Bang Theory) $1 million per episode
  • Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) $1 million per episode
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) $425,000 per episode
  • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) $425,000 per episode
  • *There were 24 episodes in the last season of the Big Bang Theory
    *The usual shooting schedule for episodic TV is 5 shooting days for a half-hour (typically comedy) episode, and 8 shooting days for a one-hour (usually drama) show. Multi-cam shows, usually half-hour comedies shot before a live audience, are worked on and rehearsed over the course of 3 or 4 days, then, typically performed live, like a play (although with many stops and re-starts), and shot in one day.
  • Judge Milian $8 million (The People's Court)
  • Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, both reported to earn between $13 million and $15 million
  • Rick Harrison (Pawn Stars) $300,000 per episode
  • Chumlee (Pawn Stars) $25,000 per episode
  • Judge Judy $47 million from hosting Judge Judy and producing Hot Bench
  • Dr. Phil McGraw $77,500,000
  • Ryan Seacrest $74,000,000
  • Steve Harvey $44,000,000
  • Mike Wolfe (American Pickers) $500,000 per episode as of 2013 - Owns a store in LeClaire. Iowa and Nashville. Tennessee
  • Frank Fritz (American Pickers) $300,000 per episode + bonus as of 2013 - Owns a store in Savanna, Illinois
  • Danielle (American Pickers) Not Available Why?
  • Chelsea Handler- $10 Million Annual Salary
  • Hoda Kotb- $7 Million Annual Salary
  • Kelly Ripa- $22 Million Annual Income
  • Michael Strahan- $17 Million Annual Income
  • Abby Huntsman- $3 Million Annual Income
  • Ginger Zee- $500,000 Annual Salary
  • Robin Roberts- $18 Million Annual Salary
  • Gaines (Fixer Upper) $30,000 per episode, plus fee from HGTV, plus all their side businesses


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