Forbes Magazine recently published it’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors on television and for the second year in a row, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara topped out at number one with $41.5 million. Of course, Vergara’s TV salary—$1 million per episode is just part of the story. Credit the balance to her commercial endorsements and licensing deals. Combined she out earned both her male and female counterparts.
And while no black male was named to the list of top earning TV actors, just one black actress made the top ten in the actress category and that’s Kerry Washington. Thanks to her portrayal of Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit show, “Scandal” and some prime endorsements, Washington was able to bank $11 million, which also earned her the #16 slot on the overall list of TV’s highest paid actors, male or female.
As to some of your other TV favorites, it was reported last year that Viola Davis pocketed $250,000 per episode, while Taraji P. Henson earned about $175,000 per episode. And in data reported by Variety Magazine last year, Tracee Ellis Ross was paid just $80,000 per episode.