$200,000 per episode
Rolling in geek money: Jim Parsons gets a huge Big Bang Theory pay raise
It pays to be a geek. Or at least to play one on TV.
Houston's own Jim Parsons — recent Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series — just got a whopping new pay raise for his work on the CBS hit-comedy Big Bang Theory. According to an exclusive report from Nikke Finke’s Deadline.com, Parsons and co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, will each get $200,000 per episode for Season 4, as opposed to the measly $60,000 per episode they earned last season.
It gets better.
The trio’s salaries will rise to $250,000 per episode for Season 5, $300,000 per show in Season 6 and $350,000 for Season 7 according to the report. The cherry on top, however, is that the actors will also receive a percentage of the show which will be “a little more than $1 million as an advance” and “another $1 million in Season 7.”
Still, one could argue that Parsons is still a relative bargain for CBS. The network pays Charlie Sheen $2 million per episode for Two and a Half Men, which had lower ratings than Big Bang Theory last season.
Big Bang became the highest-rated comedy on TV in its third season. The new fourth season begins next week with the show moving to Thursday nights.