The 10 Highest-Paid TV Actresses 2017

By on October 8, 2017 in ArticlesEntertainment

It is Sofia Vergara's world. We all just live in it. The Modern Family bombshell once again tops the list of the year's highest-paid television actresses, with $41.5 million earned in the past year. Vergara has been the world's highest-paid television actress for the past six years in a row. Her cast mate, Julie Bowen, also makes the list, though she clocks in considerably lower on it. Side projects and endorsement deals account for the big disparity between Vergara's and Bowen's salaries.

Actresses starring in dramas make a strong showing on this year's list. They are led by Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo who brings home a cool $13 million for her long running role as Meredith Grey.

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#10.Pauley Perrette

Salary: $8.5 million

Stars in: NCIS

Perrette has played Abby Sciuto on NCIS for 14 years.

#9.Robin Wright

Salary: $9 million

Stars in: House of Cards

Wright earned the bulk of her salary from House of Cards, but she supplemented it with film roles like Wonder Woman.

#8.Priyanka Chopra

Salary: $10 million

Stars in: Quantico

Most of Chopra's salary came from Quantico, but she also appeared in Baywatch and has endorsement deals with Pantene, Lyf Mobile, and Nirav Modi.

#7.Kerry Washington

Salary: $11 million

Stars in: Scandal

Washington brings home the bacon with Scandal but also supplements it with deals with Neutrogena and Movado.

#6.Julie Bowen

Salary: $12 million

Stars in: Modern Family

Bowen brings home the second most money of the Modern Family actresses.

#5. Mariska Hargitay

Salary: $12.5 million

Stars in: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Hargitay is in her 19th season playing Detective Olivia Benson.

#4. Ellen Pompeo

Salary: $13 million

Stars in: Grey's Anatomy

Almost all of Pompeo's salary comes from Grey's Anatomy.

#3. Mindy Kaling

Salary: $13 million

Stars in: The Mindy Project

Kaling brought home $13 million for her work in The Mindy Project which she created as well as her roles in the upcoming Ocean's 8 and A Wrinkle in Time.

#2. Kaley Cuoco

Salary: $26 million

Stars in: The Big Bang Theory

Cuoco is in her 10th season playing Penny on The Big Bang Theory.

#1. Sofia Vergara

Salary: $41.5 million

Stars in: Modern Family

Vergara makes a boat load of cash on Modern Family, but she also has a very lucrative fragrance line as well as endorsement deals with Rooms To Go and SharkNinja Coffee

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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