We see them every week and welcome them into our living rooms. But what these actresses make IRL is pretty staggering. From Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart to Big Little Lie’s Nicole Kidman — and every highly paid actress in between, we’re talking about the richest actresses on television in 2019.
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21. Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
Net worth: $2 million$40,000 per episode
Now that we’ve seen Reinhart’s take on Betty Cooper, we can’t imagine anyone else playing the iconic comic book character. The only real question is, why hasn’t she parlayed that signature ponytail into some kind of hair-care line? Priorities, people.
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20. Camila Mendes, Riverdale
Net worth: $3 million$40,000 per episode
She can sing, she can act, she can tame the wild child that is Archie Andrews… it’s no wonder that Riverdale’sVeronica Lodge is slowly but surely beginning to accumulate a handsome net worth.
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19. Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Net worth: $3 million$350,000 per episode
The 15-year-old star is the youngest on this list, but given our obsession with Eleven it makes total sense. Unfortunately fame has come with a fair share of hiccups for Brown, who has even had to quit social media to deal with some of the jerks. We’re rooting for her through all the pressure.
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18. Melissa Rauch, The Big Bang Theory
Net worth: $8 million$450,000 per episode
For years before landing the role of Bernadette Wolowitz, we watched Rauch tackle guest-starring role after guest-starring role on everything from The Office to True Blood. It’s nice to see her talents finally recognized, and now we can’t wait to see what she does with them next.
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17. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Net worth: $12.5 million$500,000 per episode
TV’s most neurotically loveable mom has killed it for A-Types everywhere with her role as Claire Dunphy, which makes her inclusion on this list a no-brainer.
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16. Laurie Metcalf, The Connors
Net worth: $14 million$375,000 per episode
Roseanne may be gone, but it’s nice to see her sister, Jackie, surviving this mad, mad world. We’ve loved seeing Metcalf back on television in this spinoff sitcom, but also as Sheldon Cooper’s mom on The Big Bang Theory.
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15. Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Net worth: $14 million$1 million per episode
Moss has played not one, but two feminist icons thanks to her roles on Mad Men and this Margaret Atwood inspired series, which makes her inclusion on this list victorious. Now if only we could understand the Scientology of it all…
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14. Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Net worth: $18 million$350,000 per episode
This Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice graduate still holds a special place in our nostalgia-loving hearts, which is probably why we were so jazzed to see her among the highest-paid actresses on a current nostalgia-inducing series. Winona forever, y’all.
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13. Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Net worth: $24 million$200,000 per episode
Arquette has long been an advocate of pay parity, which is why it’s so disappointing to learn she made significantly less than her Dannemora co-star, Benicio Del Toro. Half, actually. At least we can rest assured knowing she’s not starving for roles—this year we also saw her in Hulu’s limited series, The Act.
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12. Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Net worth: $25 million$100,000 per episode
Oh may have taken a bit of a pay cut when she left her $350,000 per episode gig on Grey’s Anatomy and signed on for the title role on this BBC drama, but the accolades and awards alone have been worth it.
We love watching her crack that bamboo ceiling.
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11. Claire Danes, Homeland
Net worth: $25 million$450,000 per episode
Yes folks, you can be paid handsomely for ugly crying your face off, as Danes proves with each and every episode of this intense drama. Of course with a slew of films and other TV titles under her belt, Danes has also had ample opportunity to pump up her net worth over the years.
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10. Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Net worth: $25 million$450,000 per episode
Obviously, while Bialik’s latest venture as one Amy Farrah Fowler has landed her in a honeypot of a situation, the actress did have cash from her time as Blossom. Let’s not forget that IRL she’s also an actual neuroscientist, having graduated from The University of California, and she also wrote a parenting book in 2012 (which she got slammed for).
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9. Sara Gilbert, The Connors
Net worth: $35 million$375,000 per episode
Between her time on Roseanne, The Talk and now The Connors, we’d say Gilbert has done pretty well for herself over the years, wouldn’t you? Not bad for a former child star.
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8. Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Net worth: $40 million$575,000 per episode
We all heard about Pompeo’s massive salary negotiations for the last few seasons of Grey’s, which made her among the highest-paid dramatic actresses on television. We couldn’t be happier for Mer, considering all the feels she’s given us over the years.
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7. Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Net worth: $50 million$450,000 per episode
As the lead of one of TV’s longest-running dramas, it comes as no surprise that Det. Olivia Benson is still landing her the big bucks — 20 years later.
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6. Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Net worth: $55 million$1 million per episode
Cuoco obviously loved her day job more than most, which is why she (and her male co-stars) took pay cuts in order for Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik to have fairer salaries in latter seasons. Unlike some other TV actress though (ahem, Vergara), Cuoco’s net worth stems largely from her time on Bang, and not from endorsement deals.
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5. Jennifer Garner, Camping
Net worth: $60 million$150,000 per episode
Jenna Rink would DIE if she knew just how much Garner’s salary was, but we can’t help but be happy for the 13 Going on 30 graduate. Her run on HBO’s limited series Camping was short-lived, but it was certainly lucrative.
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4. Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Net worth: $120 million$1 million per episode
Kidman is becoming quite the big-shot producer and TV actress these days. Like Withersoon, she’s had a bit of a salary increase for the second season of her HBO show, jumping from $350,000 per episode to a cool million.
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3. Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Net worth: $140 million$600,000 per episode
This Pretty Woman definitely didn’t need a massive salary for her work on Amazon’s critically acclaimed series, but we’re sure the lucrative offer was part of what attracted her to the project in the first place.
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2. Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Net worth: $150 million$1 million per episode
Witherspoon has plenty of other side projects going on, like running her own production company, fashion line and book club, for starters. But when it comes to the second season of Big Little Lies, which she also produces, the actress has had a bit of a pay raise from her initial $250,000 per episode in season one.
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1. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Net worth: $160 million$500,000 per episode
Sure, Vergara continues to be the highest paid actress on television, but that’s not just because of her long-time gig on Modern Family. The real reason she rakes in so much? Many, many lucrative endorsement deals.
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Written ByAmber Dowling