I came across a very interesting article on TVGuide.com on TV Star Salaries that gives the salaries of some actors as well as writers and other people. The actors are, of course, obscenely overpaid. And the fact that anyone make more than Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer is straight up insanity. I mean, honestly, Charlie Sheen makes more than Kyra. He’s a total douche bag too.

The list of salaries:

NETWORK PRIME TIME (salary per episode)
William Petersen, CSI                                               $500,000
Zach Braff, Scrubs                                                      $350,000
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU                       $350,000
Chris Meloni, Law & Order: SVU                              $350,000
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men                        $350,000
Hugh Laurie, House                                                   $300,000
Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy                          $225,000
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine                           $225,000
Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives                    $200,000
Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy                               $200,000
Jeff Foxworthy, Are You Smarter…                          $150,000
T.R. Knight, Grey’s Anatomy                                     $125,000
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy                            $125,000
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters                                    $100,000
Special guest stars per hour episode minimum        $6,527
Stand-ins per day minimum                                              $145
Background actors w/ special abilities per day             $140
Background actors or “extras” per day                            $130

NEWS ANCHORS (salary per year)
Katie Couric, CBS Evening News                           $15 million
Matt Lauer, NBC Today coanchor                            $12 million
Diane Sawyer                                                              $12 million
Meredith Vieira, NBC Today coanchor                    $10 million
Brian Williams                                                               $8 million
Anderson Cooper                                                         $5 million
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC anchor                             $4 million
Harry Smith, CBS The Early Show coanchor           $3 million
Ernie Anastos, New York City local news anchor   $2 million
Lesley Stahl, CBS 60 Minutes correspondent       $1.8 million
Sr producer for network newsmagazine  $250,000-$400,000
Average local TV news anchor                                        $75,500
Broadcast news associate entry level                          $30,000

CABLE (salary per episode)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer                                            $250,000
Julian McMahon, Nip/Tuck                                             $125,000
Dylan Walsh, Nip/Tuck                                                    $125,000
Joely Richardson, Nip/Tuck                                              $90,000
James Roday, Psych                                                          $60,000

DAYTIME
Oprah Winfrey, per year                                               $260 million*
Judge Judy, per year                                                      $30 million
Bob Barker, per year                                                        $7 million
Ellen DeGeneres, per year                                             $5 million
Jerry Springer, per year                                                $3-4 million
Tyra Banks, per year                                                      $3.5 million
Star performer, daytime drama, per episode       $7,500-$9,000
Writer, daily children’s show, per week                               $5,631
Freelance director, daytime drama, per program             $3,726
Writer, daytime drama, per script                                         $3,087
Question writer, quiz show, per week                                 $1,324

* Includes what Winfrey earns from Rachael Ray, Dr. Phil and other programs

BEHIND THE SCENES
Director, per hr episode min.                                               $35,927
Writer, for story and script, per hr episode                         $30,823
Staff writer, per wk minimum                                                  $2,890
Executive story editor, per episode average                        $8,500
Crafts services (provides food to cast and crew), per hr   $25.40
Film editor, per wk min.                                                            $2,575
Sound editor, per wk min.                                                  $1,887.94
Music editor, per wk min.                                                    $1,887.94
Head makeup artist, per wk                                                     $2,271
Head hairstylist, per wk                                                            $1,804
Costume designer, per wk min.                                        $2,009.65
Scenic artist, per wk min.                                                         $1,840
Microphone boom operator, per day                                   $309.78
Production assistant, per hr                                                            $8

Note to self – never be a production assistant. Clearly they are the pooper-scoopers of Hollywood. But check out those writer salaries. Maybe I need to work on a TV script instead since way more TV shows are made a year than movies. Hrm. Looking over this list I have come to one sad conclusion – everyone but the production assistant makes more than I make in a week.  Sad, so sad.