Sofía Vergara Still Makes More Money Than All the Dudes on TV


According to Forbes, Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara is the highest paid actress on television for the seventh year in a row. She’s also the highest paid TV actor, period (regardless of gender), and she has been for a while.

As expected, the cast of The Big Bang Theory dominate both of Forbes’ highest paid actors and actresses lists, but excuse me while I relish in the fact that Vergara pulls in $16 million more than the guy in the No. 2 spot, Jim Parsons of Big Bang and Young Sheldon fame. That’s been a trend for a minute: In 2017, Vergara brought in $41.5 million and Parsons, once again trailing her at No. 2, brought in $27.5 million. In 2016, she made $43 million, and he made $25.5 million. So on and so forth.

This, of course, doesn’t factor in that Vergara’s role on Modern Family has been a caricature of Latina stereotypes (and thus, there’s no real winning in life). Still, it’s notable that, year after year, a Latina has topped the list, especially in an industry where Latina actors get 7 percent of speaking roles for women on television, and that’s somehow a record high.

Here’s a master list of the Highest Paid TV Actors of 2018, compiled from Forbes’ archaically separate lists:

1.) Sofia Vergara, Modern Family – $42.5m

2.) Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory – $26.5m

3.) Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory – $25m

4.) Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory – $24.5m

5.) Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy – $23.5m

5.) Kunal Nayyar, The Big Bang Theory – $23.5

5.) Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory – $23.5m

6.) Mark Harmon, NCIS – $19m

7.) Ed O’Neill, Modern Family – $14m

8.) Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family – $13.5m

9.) Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family – $13m

9.) Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – $13m

10.) Julie Bowen, Modern Family – $12.5m

11.) Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory – $12m

11.) Melissa Rauch, The Big Bang Theory – $12m

11.) Ty Burrell, Modern Family – $12m

12.) Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead – $11m

12.) Kerry Washington, Scandal – $11m

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