The 6 Highest Paid TV Actors All Work on the Same 2 Shows


‘Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Modern Family’ Are Clearly Breaking Banks

OCTOBER 27, 2018
Scott KirklandPictureGroup-SIPA USA / Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY

While viewers are turning to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu more and more of late, network television remains to be an economic boon for many Hollywood actors.

And it turns out, these networks are still making enough to pay their top employees some pretty hefty salaries. But what’s most interesting when we go through the list of the highest paid TV actors and actresses, is that the top six earners all work on the same two shows. In fact, eight of the top 10 all work on either Modern Family or Big Bang Theory. Interestingly, both are shows with massive budgets and both happen to be going off the air at the end of their current seasons.

So, without any further delay, here are the top 10 highest paid network television actors:


  • Sofia Vergara — Modern Family
    • $42.5 million (estimated)
  • Jim Parsons — Big Bang Theory
    • $26.5 million (estimated)
  • Johnny Galecki — Big Bang Theory
    • $25 million (estimated)
  • Kaley Cuoco — Big Bang Theory
    • $24.5 million (estimated)
  • Simon Helberg — Big Bang Theory
    • $23.5 million (estimated)
  • Kunal Nayyar — Big Bang Theory
    • $23.5 million (estimated)
  • Ellen Pompeo — Grey’s Anatomy
    • $23.5 million (estimated)
  • Mark Harmon — NCIS
    • $19 million (estimated)
  • Ed O’Neill — Modern Family
    • ​$14 million (estimated)
  • Eric Stonestreet — Modern Family
    • $13.5 million (estimated)


  1. As someone that has never seen netflicks crave or for that matter bluray or many movies I admit to watching both of these shows. As a matter of fact I watched a mini marathon of the first season of modern family last night. The comedy was based on homophobia, gender, race every last PC ideal was made fun of. It was very funny and refreshing to see a show poking fun at all of these so called sacred cows.
    Big bang has also made fun of many socially unacceptable behaviors.

    The actors followed in the footsteps of the Friends cast they earned a lot of mone because the shows made alot of money. Pretty straight forward


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