TV Star Salaries: Who Makes The Most In Drama?

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Television is bursting with talented actors, and thanks to the influx of streaming outlets, there are more shows on the air than ever before. 

But which stars are being paid the most for their efforts on the small screen?

Scroll down to find out, courtesy of some facts and figures from Variety when it comes to the dramatic side of the small screen...

1. Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro
De Niro stands top of the drama series pack with a cool $775,000 per episode of his untitled Amazon drama.

2. Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon
Harmon stars in CBS drama series, NCIS. He is paid a whopping $525,000 per episode.

3. Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke
The Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones makes $500,000 per episode.

4. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Coster-Waldau stars as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones and makes $500,000 per episode.

5. Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage
Portraying Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Peter snags $500,000 per episode.

6. Kit Harington

Kit Harington
Harington portrays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones and gets $500,000 per episode for his services.

7. Lena Headey

Lena Headey
Portraying Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones comes with its fair share of perks. She secures $500,000 per episode.

8. Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner
Kevin is appearing in Yellowstone and he will get $500,000 for his time.

9. Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey stars on House of Cards and secures $500,000 per episode.

10. Claire Danes

Claire Danes
Claire plays Carrie on Showtime's Homeland and is paid very well for it. She gets $450,000 per episode.

11. Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo
Ellen has been on Grey's Anatomy since the very beginning and achieves $450,000 per episode.

12. William H. Macy

William H. Macy
Playing a deadbeat dad on Shameless is good for the bank balance. Macy secures $350,000 per episode.

13. Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum
Emmy has achieved salary parity with co-star William H. Macy on Shameless. She gets $350,000 per episode.

14. Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton appears on Amazon's Goliath and gets $350,000 per episode.

15. Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman
Bateman makes $300,000 per episode of Ozark. The show was just renewed for Season 2.

16. Laura Linney

Laura Linney
Like her Ozark co-star, Jason Bateman, Linney gets $300,000 per episode.

17. Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer left 24 behind for ABC's Designated Survivor and he is now earning $300,000 per episode.

18. James Spader

James Spader
James Spader gets around $300,000 for playing Raymond Reddington on The Blacklist.

19. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
Washington has played Olivia Pope on Scandal for almost seven years. She is paid around $250,000 per episode.

20. Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss
The Handmaid's Tale was the surprise hit of 2017, and part of that was down to the awesome acting from Elisabeth Moss. She gets $200,000 per episode.

21. Jeffrey Donovan

Jeffrey Donovan
Jeffrey Donovan has left Burn Notice behind and is now making $175,000 per episode for Shut Eye.

22. Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly
Michael Weatherly was once a hit on NCIS, but now he has his own show titled Bull. He makes around $175,000 per episode.

23. Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk
Breaking Bad veteran, Bob Odenkirk moved over to his own spin-off series and secures a solid $150,000 per episode.

24. Catriona Balfe

Catriona Balfe
Outlander star, Catriona Balfe makes $100,000 per episode of the fantasy drama series.

25. Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore
This Is Us star, Mandy Moore secures $85,000 per episode.

26. Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia
Milo makes the same as his co-star, Mandy Moore on This Is Us. $85,000.

27. Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown
Sterling is one of the breakout stars of This Is Us. He is paid $75,000 per episode.

28. Claire Foy

Claire Foy
Playing the Queen of England means you get a lot of money. Claire Foy makes $40,000 per episode of The Crown.

29. Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz
Chrissy Metz makes $40,000 per episode for This Is Us.

30. Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley
Justin appears as Kevin Pearson on This Is Us. He is paid $40,000 per episode.

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