10 Highest Paid TV Actors of 2013

Published on October 24, 2013. Updated March 12, 2014

Forbes has just released its annual list of the top ten highest-paid television actors for 2013 and we have all the details on which stars made the list this year. Coming from all ages of the spectrum, these men have definitely earned their right to be featured on this list! All salaries were taken from June 2012 – June 2013.

10. Charlie Sheen

In 2013, 48-year-old Charlie Sheen’s $10 million salary can be attributed mostly to his work on TV’s “Two and a Half Men.” Though he was once the best-paid man in the television industry, he is working his way back up through his work on the new comedic television series, “Anger Management.”

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9. Michael C. Hall

At 42, Michael Carlyle Hall (who also dabbles both on and off Broadway) has made the top-ten list of highest-paid actors in television due to his work on the shows “Six Feet Under” and “Dexter.” His $10 million salary puts him in a tie for last-place on the list, but his career is certainly nothing short of extraordinary.

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8. Angus T. Jones

At 20 years old, Angus Turner Jones is the youngest man of the top ten highest-paid actors on television. He has made guest appearances on several television shows such as “ER,” “Hannah Montana” and “CSI,” but Jones has made his $11 million almost exclusively from his work on “Two and a Half Men.” He is no longer a major part of the show, however, much like #10’s Charlie Sheen.

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7. Tim Allen

Tim Allen, now 60, is one of those much-endeared actors known for such work as “Home Improvement” and the “Toy Story” and “Santa Clause” franchises. His $11 million salary in 2013 can be attributed to these works, though he has recently made a television comeback in the popular show “Last Man Standing.”

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6. Patrick Dempsey

The debonair, 47-year-old Patrick Dempsey earned the majority of his $13 million 2013 salary from his work on “Grey’s Anatomy,” in its 10th season. Dempsey’s rise to fame can be attributed to his guest appearances on popular shows like “Will & Grace” and “The Practice,” but “Grey’s Anatomy” has definitely made life easier for our #6.

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5. Mark Harmon

“NCIS” has been around for what seems to be ages, but has one of the biggest followings in television history, a relief for Mark Harmon. The 60-year-old actor’s $15 million 2013 salary can be mostly attributed to his fame on the show, though he has also done a bit of work in film recently.

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4. Neil Patrick Harris

40-year-old Neil Patrick Harris may have at one time been known as the child-doctor Doogie Howser, but his $15 million salary this year can be largely attributed to the success of “How I Met Your Mother,” currently in its ninth and final season. Despite the fact that the show will be off the air soon, Harris’ popularity on Broadway (he has hosted the Tony Awards four times) and film (“The Smurfs” was a huge hit) may keep him on the list next year.

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3. Ray Romano

At 56, the star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” still makes the top 3 on the list of highest-paid television stars due to the popularity of the show. His $16 million income this year can be mostly attributed to “Everybody Loves Raymond,” but since the show ended its run eight years ago he has been on the screen in “Parenthood,” “Men of a Certain Age” and even the “Ice Age” movie franchise, in which he voices Manny the wooly mammoth.

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2. Jon Cryer

48-year-old Jon Cryer made his TV debut years ago and starred as the lead role in “The Famous Teddy Z,” but he has made the bulk of his $21 million earnings this year from his place as one of the leads on TV’s “Two and a Half Men.” The loss of co-star Charlie Sheen hasn’t impacted his ability to roll in the dough one bit.

 

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1. Ashton Kutcher

As TV’s highest-paid actor, Ashton Kutcher earned a whopping $24 million paycheck in 2013 after replacing Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men.” Thanks to his huge social media following, good investments and his popularity from such work as “That 70’s Show,” the “Open Season” franchise and his capture of the lead role in “Two and a Half Men, Kutcher is sitting pretty in our #1 spot.

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