A new report breaks down what people working in the entertainment industry bring home, from television stars to CEOs to assistants to animal actors.
The report, published by The Hollywood Reporter, says: “It used to be when movie stars did a TV show, it was seen as slumming. Now it’s considered moving on up.”
Actresses including Tea Leoni and Halle Berry are getting paid in the neighborhood of $150,000 an episode, or $3.3 million for a 22-episode season, far above the $15,000 to $25,000 per episode earned by unknown actors in a series regular role, the piece reports.
TV’s biggest stars, such as “The Big Bang Theory”s”Jim Parsons, are making $1 million per episode, while “NCIS” star Mark Harmon makes more than $500,000 per episode.
Showrunners bring home between $30,000 and $100,000 per episode, which ranges from $660,000 to $2.2 million per year, while creator-showrunners such as “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner can make much more.
TV writers make between $3,000 and $6,000 per week. The story notes: “Most staff writers work on 20-week contracts, at a rate of about $3,800 a week, though more senior writers earn about $6,000 a week. But the real money is in writing an entire episode on one’s own. That pays $24,788 a script, and considerably more if you create your own series.”
Commercial voice actors can take home between $3,000 and $1 million per ad, while reality stars can make from “practically nothing” to $200,000 per episode.
Network TV presidents, meanwhile, make $2 million to $3 million, and bonuses can double that salary, the story adds.
We urge you to click on the link near the top of this story to read THR’s full report.