Top 10 Highest Paid TV Actresses Of 2018

The top 10 highest paid TV actresses of 2018 have changed a lot since the previous year. In a year these 10 actresses have earned a combined total of $168.5 million.

The list of actresses who are raking in the cash is from Forbes. They judged these ladies income from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018 to create this list.

Scroll to find out who is the highest paid TV actresses of this year.

10. Pauly Perrette

Pauly Perrette at the 55th Grammy Awards


$8.5 million

Pauly Perrett left NCIS in May 2018 after 15 years but still makes the list. She says she left the CBS hit show because of a workplace assault, CBS disagrees and says it was workplace concern.

9. Claire Danes

Claire Danes at the 20th anniversary gala for Hudson River Park

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$9 million

Homeland‘s Claire Danes joins the top 10 highest paid list after four years not ranking. Her hefty payday from her Showtime hit is to thank for her return to the list.

8. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington at the Broadway Loyalty Program Audience Rewards 10th anniversary.

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$11 million

Scandal may be over but Kerry Washington got her big payday thanks to the show. Outside of her actress salary, she has endorsement deals with Neutrogena and Movado.

7. Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch at the Bronze premiere in Los Angeles

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$12 million

Melissa Rauch from Big Bang Theory makes the highest-paid TV actress list for the first time. She now makes an estimated $500,000 an episode thanks to her co-stars. The original cast of the sitcom was getting paid roughly $1 million an episode. They all took a $100,000 pay cut to make sure Rauch and fellow co-star Mayim Bialik got paid more.

6. Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik at the 2017 People's Choice Awards

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$12 million

Dr. Mayim Bialik joined the Big Bang Theory cast in 2010. Eight years later she’s getting paid a pretty penny for her acting. She now earns an estimated $500,000 an episode thanks to her co-stars taking a pay cut.

5. Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen at the Women's Cancer Research Fund 2018

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$12.5 million

Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen comes in at number five. The funny woman makes an “estimated mid six figures” per episode, according to Forbes. She’s been on the show for nine years and most of her salary comes from the show.

4. Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay hosting the Creating Great Characters event


$13 million

Mariska Hargitay has been on Law & Order: SVU since the beginning, so it’s a no-brainer that she’s getting paid the big bucks. Hargitay managed to negotiate an impressive per-episode fee and a back-end cut.

3. Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo at the ELLE magazine 24 Years of Women in Hollywood 2018

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$23.5 million

Ellen Pompeo has been on Grey’s Anatomy for 15 seasons and is raking in the cash. She recently argued for a much higher salary that allowed her to have a cut of the backend and a producer fee for the Grey’s spinoff Station 19.

2. Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco at the 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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$24.5 million

The Big Bang Theory actress came in second on the highest-paid TV actress list. Kaley Cuoco and her male co-stars took a pay cut from roughly $1 million an episode to $900,000 to make sure their co-stars, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, get paid more. Despite the pay cut, Cuoco makes plenty and still would have been at the number two spots.

1. Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara at the 2018 Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser

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$42.5 million

For the seventh year in a row, Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara is the highest paid TV actress. The actress brings in a mountain of cash thanks to her Modern Family salary and her lucrative promotional deals. Vergara is the fact of SharkNinja Coffee, Rooms To Go, Head and Shoulders, CoverGirl and Diet Pepsi.

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