Jim Parsons Now Makes $1 Million Per Episode. How Do These 13 Other LGBT TV Stars Stack Up?

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsIt’s been reported that the core cast of The Big Bang Theory recently renegotiated their pay to a whopping $1 million per episode. It’s a good thing, too, because they were barely surviving off their previous (measly) $325,000 per episode. A girl’s gotta eat.

That makes star Jim Parsons the highest paid out gay actor on television. So drinks are on him.

Here’s a look at how other LGBT TV performers of past and present stack up in the payroll department.

Neil Patrick Harris — How I Met Your Mother — $210,000 per episode

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson — Modern Family — $175,000 per episode

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Raven Symone — That’s So Raven — $35,000 per episode


Matt Bomer — White Collar — $125,000 per episode


Gillian Anderson — The X Files — $100,000 per episode

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Matt Dallas — Kyle XY — $40,000 per episode


Suze Orman — TV Appearances, Books, Columns, etc.  — $3-5 million per year


David Hyde Pierce — Frasier — $750,000 per episode


Cynthia Nixon — Sex and the City — $325,000 per episode


Chris Colfer — Glee — $45,000 per episode


Ellen Degeneres — Ellen — $1.2 million per week (!)

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Jane Lynch — Glee — $80,000 per episode

Jane-Lynch Anna Paquin — True Blood — $275,000 per episode