Cast Of Glee: How Much Are They Worth Now?Published on July 4, 2016. Updated August 28, 2017
Glee took the television world by storm when it aired on Fox beginning in May 2009. It’s popularity as a musical comedy-drama carried it through six seasons and helped launch the careers of many young talented stars. It has now been two years since the series came to an end, and all of the stars have once again gone their separate ways and embarked on different career paths. Some of them can afford to cruise for awhile on the fortune made from Glee, while others are out there just piling up more. Check out how much the cast of Glee is worth now!
14. Harry Shum Jr.
Estimated Net Worth: $14 Million. Harry Shum Jr. may be best known as Mike Chang from Glee, but has had quite the career outside of the show. He danced with stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Beyonce and appeared in the film Step Up 3-D, as well as several other dance movies. He recently appeared in the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and is in the series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. Overall he has already made an impressive $14 million.
13. Darren Criss
Estimated Net Worth: $3.5 Million. Darren Criss is an actor and musician who got his break after creating the Harry Potter musical parody entitled, A Very Potter Musical. It went viral and led to his role as Blaine Anderson on Glee for 90 episodes. As well as continuing roles in acting, he is currently working on his first full-length record after signing with Sony Music Entertainment and already has a net worth of $3.5 million.
12. Chord Overstreet
Estimated Net Worth: $1 Million. Chord Overstreet began his career as a musician after showing talent at an early age. He got his first acting job on the web series Private and then got roles in The Hole and in Glee as Sam Evans. Despite being a fan favorite on the show, his career hasn’t necessarily taken off and his estimated net worth sits at only $1 million.
11. Heather Morris
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million. Heather Morris got her start in Hollywood after dropping out of college to pursue her dreams of a career in the entertainment industry when she appeared on So You Think You Can Dance season two. This was followed by a stint as a backup dancer on Beyonce’s The Beyonce Experience Tour and Single Ladies promotional tour. She then landed the role of Brittany S. Pierce on Glee, appearing in 95 episodes. Morris has also appeared in films such as Fired Up! and Spring Breakers and has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
10. Mark Salling
Estimated Net Worth: $500 Thousand. Mark Salling is best known for his role of Noah “Puck” Puckerman in Glee. He began his career as a musician and has two albums; however, severe legal troubles have left Salling with little money and out of work. In 2015 he had to pay a woman $2.7 million as a settlement after she charged him with sexual battery. Later that year he was arrested for child pornography related charges and as a result has been removed from the film Gods and Secrets.
9. Amber Riley
Estimated Net Worth: $2 Million. Amber Riley’s start on TV was actually on the reality singing compeition American Idol; she auditioned when she was 17 but was not selected for the show.It made no difference, however, because in 2009 she was cast as Mercedes Jones and was featured on many tracks from the Glee albums. She has since appeared in a few TV movies and an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and has a net worth of $2 million.
8. Jenna Ushkowitz
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million. Jenna Ushkowitz started acting very young with small roles in shows such as Sesame Street. She then went on to perform in Broadway musicals, and like many of Glee‘s stars, that is where creator Ryan Murphy found her! She was immediately cast as Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee, and has released music and appeared in Lady Gaga’s music video for “Marry the Night.” She hasn’t done too much acting since, but still has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
7. Naya Rivera
Estimated Net Worth: $5 Million. Naya Rivera is well known from her role as Santana Lopez on Glee, but she has had many other roles as well, adding up to a very respectable net worth of $5 million. She began acting in 1991 in the TV series The Royal Family, and had roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Baywatch and The Bernie Mac show. She has also appeared on Devious Maids, and released a memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.
6. Cory Monteith
Estimated Net Worth At Death: $2 Million. There is no telling what heights Cory Monteith’s career could’ve reached had he not tragically passed away in July 2013. Monteith was one of the best character’s on Glee as Finn Hudson, and the show was not the same without him. At the time of his death, Monteith had an estimated net worth of $2 million.
5. Kevin McHale
Estimated Net Worth: Unknown. Kevin McHale started his career with roles in All That, The Office, Zoey 101 and True Blood, but he is best known for his role as Artie Abrams on Glee. Despite different roles and his major part in the series, McHale’s net worth remains unknown, but if it is like the rest of the cast’s, it is safe to assume he is doing just fine financially.
4. Matthew Morrison
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million. Matthew Morrison began acting in 1997 and had small roles in films and TV until landing a multi-episode arc on the soap opera As the World Turns. He went on to have bigger roles, but is still best known as Spanish teacher and driving force behind the Glee club, Will Schuester on Glee. After the series ended he appeared in six episodes of The Good Wife, but has already made quite the living with an estimated net worth of $10 million.
3. Jane Lynch
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million. Jane Lynch is a veteran actress in the industry, and she brought something special to the cast of Glee as Sue Sylvester, earning both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in the role. Lynch’s career began back in 1988, and she has had many, many roles since, mostly in comedy. Aside from Glee, she is best known for roles in Role Models, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and The L Word, and she’s also provided voices in many animated projects. Overall, Lynch has made herself a very respectable $10 million, but it is a little surprising it isn’t more!
2. Chris Colfer
Estimated Net Worth: $8 Million. Chris Colfer was one of the best parts of Glee, portraying Kurt Hummel for all six seasons for which he was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV series. After years of being active in the dramatic arts, he got his big break as Kurt in 2009, and aside from that role, has also appeared in Struck by Lightning and two episodes of Hot in Cleveland. He can definitely afford to be picky going further into his career; however, as he already has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
1. Lea Michele
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million. Lea Michele began her acting career as a child performing in Broadway productions such as Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof, and got her big break in 2006 when she appeared in the rock musical Spring Awakening, which she performed in for two years before moving to L.A. in 2008, and immediately landed the role of Rachel Berry in Glee. The show catapulted her career and she has only appeared in a few other projects including the show Sons of Anarchy and and the film New Year’s Eve. Most recently, she had a starring role in the series Scream Queens and with only 11 acting credits already has a net worth of $10 million thanks mostly to Glee.