ByLily Masco, writer at
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Lily Masco

It's maddening to think that while Penny may be a struggling actress who's spent a majority of her time earning minimum wage at The Cheesecake Factory, Kaley Cuoco is an actress who could build a house out of hundred dollar bills (not entirely sure that's a fact).

She's not the only one of her The Big Bang Theory co-stars swarming in money... And with the CBS sitcom being renewed for an eleventh season, they're only getting smarter and richer (just think of all the science they learn in their scripts). Their income ranks them amongst the highest paid TV stars of all time. It may be bad etiquette to discuss salaries, but shhh, we trust you can keep a secret.

How Much Does Kaley Cuoco Get Paid?

To put things in perspective, an unknown actor in a regular TV series usually falls between the range of $15,000 to $25,000 per episode. Kaley Cuoco, who plays the gorgeous Penny Hofstadter, was cast in an array of random roles before gaining her overnight fame with the The Big Bang Theory.

The actress re-negotiated her salary with a three-year contract in 2014 for seasons 8-10. She was already making a pretty penny (get it?) with $350,000 per episode on a show with 24 episodes per season. Now, she is on the same level as the cast of Friends in their final seasons.

The much-anticipated wage is $1 million per episode, meaning $24 million per year. In other words, her biggest money-related problem is probably finding crumpled-up Benjamin Franklins in her shoes. In her defense, that does sound uncomfortable.

How Much Does Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki Get Paid?

While we're extremely jealous of this raise, Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) and Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter) don't have that problem since the trio negotiated as a team. We thought their salaries as theoretical and experimental physicists were impressive with roughly $78,000 and $90,000 a year respectively. With their total net worth, you'd think they invented the Big Bang.

These co-stars received the same contracts with matching salaries, ensuring they'll probably never be eating at The Cheesecake Factory in real life. They'll probably be eating cake sprinkled in flakes of gold and ground diamonds. Don't be bitter, precious stones and metals doubtfully taste good.

How Much Does Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar Get Paid?

The two other original Big Bang Theory cast-members may not be making as much, but they certainly aren't dumpster-diving either. Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) are receiving about 80 percent of the leads' salaries.

They just casually went from $100,000 to $800,000 per episode —as one does. They will, however, receive the same cut in the show's ownership as the others do, with 1.25 percent.

How Much Does Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Get Paid?

In comparison, Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski) are getting the sh*t end of the stick. Luckily for them, they sh*t money. These two paired up to re-nogotiate their contracts in 2013 from their original range of $30,000.

Starting with $60,000 per episode in Season 7, their salaries will continue to increase yearly up to nearly $100,000 by the time their contract runs out. We knew it must be challenging to date Sheldon and Wolowitz, but for that much per episode, life can't be that bad.

Indeed, the text is extremely science-heavy with some of the most complicatedly long explanations that no one truly ever understands... It's challenging not to be bitter when discussing these wealthy yet fabulous comedians' salaries. We love the show and if that's what they get for our entertainment, kudos to them.

Do you feel as though Helberg and Nayyar should make as much as the Big Bang Theory cast?

Sources: Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Forbes


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