The 15 Highest Per Episode Paid TV Actors of All Time

William Petersen Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

It is no surprise that being a television actor can be a lucrative career.  The men and women you welcome into your homes every week will make more money working on one episode of their hit show than we bring home in a year.  So, if you ever thought about changing careers, maybe you should pursue one in acting. It worked out pretty well for the people on this list.  Here is a look at the 15 most paid television actors per episode.  Some you won’t be surprised to see on the list, but trust me some will shock you.

15. William Petersen, $500,000 per episode for CSI

I expected if any of the CSI stars were going to make the list it was going to be either George Eads or Marg Helgenberger.  However, Petersen who left the show in early 2009 was the man raking in the most money from the CBS crime drama.  Petersen appeared in only 10 episodes of the 9th season, which equated to a cool $5 million, while Helgenberger was earning $325,000 per episode.

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Tim Gerstenberger received a BA degree in Communication from Saginaw Valley State University and a MSA degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. He currently works as a Recruiter for Chemical Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in the state of Michigan. His past work has been published on Yahoo! and Examiner. He also contributes to other television/celebrity based websites. He has had a passion for TV since an early age and some of his current favorite shows include: Friends, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Friday Night Lights, Bones, The Mindy Project, Chicago Fire, and The Good Wife. He currently resides in the Bay City, Michigan area.
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