What Is the Typical Salary Per Episode for a Television Actor?

The amount of money paid to an actor per episode depends on the actor and the show and can vary widely, according to Time magazine. For example, Ashton Kutcher, who plays Walden on "Two and a Half Men," receives $750,000 per episode, as of 2015, while his cast mate, John Cryer, receives $600,000 per episode. By contrast, Amy Poehler who plays a main character on the show "Parks and Recreation," earns $200,000 per episode.

Mark Harmon from "NCIS" makes $525,000 per episode for his work on the show, while some characters from "Grey's Anatomy," including Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey, and Patrick Dempsey, who plays Derrick Shepherd, make $350,000 per episode, states Time magazine.