Mariska Hargitay net worth and salary: Mariska Hargitay is an American actress who has a net worth of $30 million and salary of $400,000 per episode. Mariska Hargitay is most famous for playing the role of Olivia Benson, a New York City detective who investigates sex crimes on the television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Mariska Hargitay was born in Los Angeles, California, she began acting in high school and was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA in the early 80s. She left college early and joined the Groundlings improv group in Los Angeles, and then began appearing in smaller roles on television. By the late 80s, she had begun to earn guest starring roles on such series as "Falcon Crest", "Tequila & Bonetti", "Seinfeld", and "ER". In 1999, she was cast in the role that would make her a star, as Olivia Benson on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit". She has appeared in all 13 seasons of the series, with a brief break during Season 6 to give birth. She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, six Screen Actors' Guild Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. She has won one Emmy and one Golden Globe, among multiple other honors.