ByKatrina Stagg, writer at Creators.co
Katrina Stagg

Growing up when Seinfeld and Friends were still airing on primetime and in syndication, I understand the importance sitcoms have on society. The characters become a part of our lives, just like a good friend you know everything about. The jokes are quotable and can be said with the confidence that almost everyone you encounter will know the reference. Case in point, I still quote the cast whenever a pretzel is, in fact, making me thirsty.

These shows are not only a part of the zeitgeist but they become part of who we are. With all of that in mind it makes sense that the actors staring in these shows are well compensated. Just how well compensated may surprise you, though. Here are the top sitcom earners of all-time!

13. Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, Yeardley Smith—The Simpsons

Current salary: $300,000 per episode each

12. Jon Cryer—Two and a Half Men

Ending salary: $600,00 per episode

11. Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards—Seinfeld

Ending salary: $600,000 per episode each

10. Ashton Kutcher—Two and a Half Men

Ending salary: $750,000 per episode

9. Drew Carey—The Drew Carey Show

Ending salary: $750,000 per episode

8. Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser— Mad About You

Ending salary: $1 million per episode each

7. Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons—Big Bang Theory

Current salary: $1 million per episode each

6. Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow—Friends

Ending salary: $1 million per episode each

5. Jerry Seinfeld—Seinfeld

Ending salary: $1 million per episode

4. Tim Allen—Home Improvement

Ending salary: $1.25 million per episode

3. Kelsey Grammer—Frasier

Ending salary: $1.6 million per episode

2. Ray Romano—Everybody Loves Raymond

Ending salary: $1.8 million per episode

1. Charlie Sheen—Two and a Half Men

Ending salary: $1.8 million per episode

(Source: Uproxx)

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