The Big Bang Theory became one of the most popular shows in the world during its run. That allowed the cast to receive huge pay raises by the end.
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory quickly became one of the most popular television shows in the world, and fans couldn’t get enough of the gang – which is probably why this quirky sitcom lasted a whopping 12 seasons. Of course, that’s a lot of time for the cast to get comfortable in their roles.
With twelve years of their lives invested in making people laugh as nerdy scientists and hilarious friends, there’s no doubt that they only continued to make more and more money as the series gained popularity and continued at the top of everyone’s radar. So, it’s time to reflect back on how much those seasons changed their salary – from their first to the last one.
Wil Wheaton: $20,000
As far as secondary characters go, their salaries didn’t exactly go up or down as the show went on. Wil Wheaton was no exception, and even though he literally played himself, he was making $20,000 per episode throughout the course of the show.
With 17 episodes under his belt, he definitely made a decent amount of money from appearing as a recurring character on the show. Plus, everyone loved to hate this mischievous guy on the show.
Kevin Sussman: $50,000
There’s no indication that Kevin Sussman ever got a salary increase, even though he actually became a pretty prominent character as the series progressed. Everyone loved Stuart Bloom as a secondary character, of course.
From the beginning to the end, Kevin Sussman was reported to be making $50,000 per episode. He appeared in 84 episodes, though, so that’s still a very big paycheck. And fans were more than happy he stuck around.
John Ross Bowie: $50,000
Much like Kevin Sussman, this secondary character was raking in around $50,000 per episode, starting in 2009 for his first appearance, which was reported to stay the same until his last appearance in 2019.
He appeared in 25 episodes, and John Ross Bowie became absolutely iconic as Barry Kripke, a character definitely made fans laugh and cringe, and who also gave the main crew an entertaining intellectual opponent. His salary remained pretty steady, but so did his role in the show.
Mayim Bialik: $45,000 – $450,000
Mayim Bialik joined the show as a background character, but she was still getting a decent salary from the start. However, producers didn’t expect Amy to be such a big part of the show. Of course, she was, and ended up becoming one of the main seven and become a huge part of the show’s growth.
Along with Melissa Rauch, these two ladies made less than the rest of the team. They were still pulling in about $500,000 per episode, but their lack of appearance in the earlier seasons definitely made a difference for their growing pay.
Melissa Rauch: $45,000 – $450,000
Like the actors behind Raj and Howard, Amy and Bernadette’s actresses were often partnered together when it came to salaries and their growth. Melissa Rauch, who played Bernadette, ended the show by making nearly $500,000 per episode.
In fact, the other five main cast members all gave up $100,000 of their own salary so that Bialik and Rauch could be earning a more fair rate. These two never caught up to the rest, but they were still making some very decent salaries.
Kunal Nayyar: $45,000 – $600,000
Raj and Howard are certainly a famous duo, and they are also definitely the fourth and fifth biggest characters on the show. To no surprise, they take fourth and fifth on this list. To start, Kunal Nayyar was making $45,000 per episode to play Raj, which is a great starting salary for a sitcom!
This tripled to $150,000 by season 2, and then skyrocketed all the way to $600,000 by the eighth and ninth seasons. As the show continued to blow everyone away, it was only fair that Nayyar’s salary blew him away, too.
Simon Helberg: $45,000 – $600,000
There’s no surprise that Simon Helberg had the exact same salary increase as his co-star, Kunal Nayyar. There were no disparities between the two of them, and everything was kept the same throughout the show’s entire run.
These two actors also joined the list of top-paid actors on television by the later seasons, and they were earning over $20 million a year. Simon Helberg deserves it, too, because no one can imagine Howard as anyone else.
Kaley Cuoco: $60,000 – $900,000
The main three members of this cast, as reflected by their salaries, have been widely been known as Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons (Leonard, Penny, and Sheldon respectively).
Kaley Cuoco is the perfect Penny, and no matter what this actress continues to shine in, she’ll always be that sarcastic, wholesome, and hilarious character. She had a similar rise in salary to Parsons and Galecki, and ended up making around $900,000 per episode!
Johnny Galecki: $60,000 – $1,000,000
Johnny Galecki had a similar salary from start to finish as his co-star, Jim Parsons. As Leonard, he was one of the core characters, and that reflected as the series progressed. By the final season, his salary greatly increased – all the way to one million bucks per episode.
The cast of this show was the highest-paid on television for a few years, and it’s no wonder! He was swimming in cash from bringing the nerdy, quirky, and lovable Leonard to the small screen.
Jim Parsons: $60,000 – $1,200,000
Jim Parsons will forever be known as Sheldon Cooper in the minds and hearts of all television fans, regardless of whether or not they’re die-hard fans of this show. Starting off, Parsons made a humble salary of $60,000.
By the middle seasons, he was making about $300,000. However, that nearly quadrupled by the end! By season 8, Jim Parsons was making over 1 million dollars per episode and was the highest-paid actor on television.