What the Stars Earn–Too Much, Obviously


FBLA gets TV Guide’s press release emails and we usually ignore them. But today, Julie Farin presented us with some truly fabulous information: salaries of the small-screen stars.

Oprah: $260 million per year (includes income from Rachael Ray, Dr. Phil, and other programs)

Simon Cowell: $45 million per year (for American Idol and other projects)

Judge Judy: $30 million per year

Katie Couric: $15 million per year

Zach Braff: $6.3 million (for 18 episodes of Scrubs next season)

Think about that for a momemnt: Braff gets nearly half of what Couric makes, and she has to show up every day.

NETWORK PRIME TIME (all salaries are per episode)

William Petersen (CSI): $500,000

Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men): $350,000

Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU): $350,000

Chris Meloni (Law & Order: SVU): $350,000

Hugh Laurie (House): $300,000

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (New Adventures of Old Christine): $225,000

Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy): $200,000

Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives): $200,000

Jeff Foxworthy (Are You Smarter Than…): $150,000

T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy): $125,000

Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy): $125,000

Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters): $100,000

CABLE (all salaries are per episode)

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer): $250,000

Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck): $125,000

Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck): $125,000

Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck): $90,000

James Roday (Psych): $60,000