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Sofia Vergara Is Highest-Paid Actress On TV


For the seventh year running, Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid woman on TV. “The Modern Family” star earned an estimated $41.5 million from June of 2017-June of 2018, according to Forbes’ annual tally of highest-paid actresses. She is also the highest-paid star, period, topping “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons, who landed $26.5 million. He is the highest-paid male star. Next up on the highest-paid female star list is Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory,” with $24.5 million. Ellen Pompeo nabbed $23.5 million on” Grey’s Anatomy,” while Mariska Hargitay earned $13 million for “Law & Order: SVU” and Julie Bowen rounded out the top 5 with $12.5 million for her role on “Modern Family.” Together, the highest-paid female stars banked an estimated $168.5 million. Here’s a look at the annual pay of top TV actresses, with earnings estimated from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018:

Rank/Name Show Age Pay
1. Sofia Vergara “Modern Family”  46, $42.5 million
2. Kaley Cuoco “The Big Bang Theory” 32 $24.5 million
3. Ellen Pompeo “Grey’s Anatomy” 48 $23.5 million
4. Mariska Hargitay “Law & Order: SVU” 54 $13 million
5. Julie Bowen “Modern Family” 48 $12.5 million
6. Mayim Bialik (tie) “The Big Bang Theory” 42  $12 million
6. Melissa Rauch (tie) “The Big Bang Theory” 38 $12 million
8. Kerry Washington “Scandal” 41 $11 million
9. Claire Danes “Homeland” 39 $9 million
10. Pauley Perrette “NCIS” 49 $8.5 million

See the whole list here.