alec baldwin paid $300,000 per episode for 30 rock

alec baldwin paid $300,000 per episode for 30 rock Georges Biard

Actor Alec Baldwin Earned $300,000 per Episode of “30 Rock”

55-year-old actor Alec Baldwin enjoyed his time on the comedy series “30 Rock” during its seven year run. During that time, he commanded a salary of $300,000 per episode which quickly added up given the fact that a regular season of the show consisted of 23 episodes. Do the math: $300,000 x 23 = $6.9 million.

However, it was much more than money that Baldwin enjoyed as he grew to be close to his fellow co-stars Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Scott McBrayer, etc. In fact, when NBC announced that season 7 would be the show’s final season, Baldwin offered to accept a 20% pay cut to keep the show airing for another two seasons.

The show was the brain child of actress Tina Fey and was inspired by her role as head writer for Saturday Night Live. The show ran from October 2006 until January of this year. Baldwin later admitted that season five of the show was laborious and he was personally considering leaving the show after season six. However, that season was so enjoyable that he was ready to see the show last up through season ten. Ironically, after season six, the network announced the series would have a reduce season seven and subsequently be canceled.

Drama (per episode) — Top 10:

Mark Harmon (NCIS): $500,000
Mariska Hargita (Law & Order: SVU): $385,000
Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy): $350,000
Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy): $350,000
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy): $350,000
Simon Baker (The Mentalist): $300,000
Michael C. Hall (Dexter): $295,000
Jon Hamm (Mad Men): $250,000
David Boreanaz (Bones): $225,000
Ted Danson (CSI): $225,000
Kiefer Sutherland (Touch): $225,000

Comedy (per episode) — Top 10:

Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $700,000
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men): $600,000
Tina Fey (30 Rock): $350,000
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock): $300,000
Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons): $300,000
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory): $300,000
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory): $300,000
Angus T. Jones (Two and a Half Men): $300,000
Julie Kavner (The Simpsons): $300,000
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory): $300,000
Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons): $300,000

News (per year) — Top 10:

Matt Lauer (Today): $21.5 million
Bill O’Reilly (The O’Reilly Factor): $15 million
Brian Williams (NBC Nightly News): $13 million
Diane Sawyer (ABC World News): $12 million
Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360 and Anderson Live): $11 million
Shepard Smith (The Fox Report) $8 million
Robin Roberts (Good Morning America) $6 million
Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe) $6 million
Scott Pelley (CBS Evening News) $4 million
Nancy Grace (Nancy Grace) $3 million

Late-Night (per year) — Top 9:

David Letterman: $28 million
Jay Leno: $25 million
Jon Stewart: $16 million
Conan O’Brien: $12 million
Craig Ferguson: $8 million
Chelsea Handler: $8 million
Jimmy Kimmel: $8 million
Stephen Colbert: $6 million
Jimmy Fallon: $5 million

Daytime/Syndication (per year) — highlights:

Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy): $45 million
Joe Brown (Judge Joe Brown): $20 million
Kelly Ripa (Live! With Kelly): $20 million

Reality (per season) — highlights:

Mariah Carey (American Idol): $17 million
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol): $15 million
Howard Stern (America’s Got Talent): $15 million
Britney Spears (The X Factor): $10 million
The Kardashian Family (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, etc.): $10 million