TV Guide’s annual salary survey: Sheen, Laurie among TV’s top earners

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TV Guide’s annual salary survey is in, and here’s what’s out: Out-of-control paydays for all but the biggest stars.

Big names on hit shows like Charlie Sheen and Hugh Laurie, of course, can still count on big-time episodic fees. But networks and studios are otherwise clamping down on salaries or pay bumps. One studio, for example, is said to have put a $125,000-per-episode cap on all new series stars.

Some per-episode highlights from the survey:

Hugh Laurie (House) $400,000+
Christopher Meloni & Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) $395,000 (each)
David Caruso (CSI: Miami) $375,000
Marg Helgenberger (CSI) $375,000
Mark Harmon (NCIS$375,000
Laurence Fishburne (CSI) $350,000
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)  $350,000
Denis Leary (Rescue Me) $350,000

Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men$1.25 million
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men$550,000
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Eva Longoria Parker (Desperate Housewives$400,000
Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons$400,000
Julie Kavner (The Simpsons$400,000
Tina Fey (30 Rock$350,000
Jeremy Piven (Entourage$350,000

Check out the full list here.

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