These actresses have graced our screens time and time again - and, in doing so, earned some major paychecks. From Nicole Kidman to Halle Berry, here are some of the top-earning actresses in Hollywood.
40. Viola Davis: $25M
This legendary Hollywood actress can do no wrong. She holds the Triple Crown of Acting: she's won an Emmy Award, Academy Award, and Tony Award - so perhaps it's no surprise she's done quite well for herself.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Davis rakes in around $15 million/year with a net worth of roughly $25 million. And with all that dough comes a little spending, like her multi-million dollar home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, and that swanky 600-bottle cellar inside of it!
39. Margot Robbie: $26M
Stepping in strong with a nice $26 mil is the one and only Margot Robbie. Robbie made her breakout appearance in Hollywood in the iconic movie The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Mr. Gatsby himself, Leonardo DiCaprio. So what else has this blonde bombshell starred in to account for that $26 million dollar net worth?
If one caught the 2020 blockbuster hit, Birds of Prey, they already know precisely who Margot Robbie is. According to Variety, the actress apparently made around $9-10 million dollars for the role of Harley Quinn. The actress spent her hard-earned money on three houses: one for herself, her sister, and of course, her momma.
38. Emma Stone: $30M
This Hollywood A-list actress was named the world's top-paid actress in 2017, even if she didn't make the top of the list at the moment. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man star is currently valued at around $30 million.
Emma Stone's performance as Gwen Stacy in the original Amazing Spider-Man shook the Marvel universe upon its release in 2012, with the box office raking in $262,030,663 - making it the number one grossing movie of her career so far, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming in at a close second.
37. Elisabeth Moss: $30M
Time to talk about this ultimate boss actress, who can rake in a million bucks per week depending on the time of the year. Yup. That's right. Apparently, Elisabeth Moss earns $1 million per episode on the hit series The Handmaid's Tale. Blessed be the fruit.
The Handmaid's Tale isn't the only show Moss has made millions on. During her time on Mad Men, Moss made around $750,000 per episode during its peak seasons. So with all those millions coming together, Celebrity Net Worth has estimated her overall net worth to be approximately $30 million, making her one of the highest-paid stars.
36. Gal Gadot: $30M
This Israeli actress made her breakthrough performance as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and the rest is history. It may take some actresses decades before reaching their multi-million dollar payday, but this was the role that made her career and her bank account.
Gadot was paid $300,000 for her role in the Wonder Woman movie. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actress's subsequent salary for any Wonder Woman appearances is now $10 million given the film's major success. Diana Prince herself also made $20 million for Red Notice's 2021 film, totaling her net worth to that of $30 mil.
35. Kristen Bell: $40M
From playing Sarah Marshall in the iconic 2008 film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall to the voice behind Gossip Girl and Anna from Frozen, Kristen Bell definitely earned a spot on this list. For each episode of Gossip Girl, the actress made $125,000 - for just her voice and $1.25 million for the first 10-episodes in the 2021 reboot.
The actress is known for her voice-overs and, in return-her high paychecks - so we can't even imagine how much she's scoring for her, non voice-over roles. We wonder how much she's getting for her newest Netflix role, The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, to get her to that $40 million net worth!
34. Elizabeth Banks: $50M
There is no role this next actress can't do, which might explain that insanely high overall net worth. Elizabeth Banks has done everything from comedic classics like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp to the Hunger Game movie franchise and her production credits on Charlie's Angels.
With all these Hollywood hits under her belt, Celebrity Net Worth estimates the actress at a whopping $50 million net worth. According to the site, Banks owns a $6.85 million custom-built mansion in Sherman Oaks, California, which only makes sense for 30 Rock actress.
33. Helena Bonham Carter: $60M
Starring in over 100 projects, both on the big screen and small screen, there are very few stars with as extensive of a film history as the iconic Helena Bonham Carter. From hit films such as Sweeney Todd to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Helena Bonham Carter has taken over the industry.
It definitely doesn't stop there. Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in the legendary Harry Potter franchise, which brought in billions, and the Fairy Godmother in the Disney reboot of Cinderella - which brought in nearly $550 million at the box office, all calculating towards her $60 million net worth.
32. Amy Adams: $60M
Before she was known for her iconic roles, Amy Adams was performing at dinner parties around the nation to overcome her stage fright, believe it or not. Adams made her breakthrough appearance in the 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous alongside Kristen Dunst and Kristie Alley. And the rest is now history.
Her career in the City of Angeles only skyrocketed. The Oscar awarded actress has since starred in movies such as American Hustle, The Fighter, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to Celebrity Net Worth, her move to ditch the dinner party scene and join Hollywood has made her overall value at an estimated $60 million.
31. Mila Kunis: $75M
Most famously known for her role as Jackie on That '70s Show when she was only 14 years old, Kunis successfully transitioned from her comedy sitcom days to the big screen. Well, aside from that one series that's bringing her millions. The actress plays the voice-over for Meg on the hit series Family Guy - ever heard of it?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kunis makes about $100,000 per episode to play Meg Griffin, while others report she makes $225,000 - so why would she ever leave television? The gorgeous Mila Kunis has also starred in the blockbuster hits Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Black Swan, and Jupiter Ascending, making her total value at $75 mil.
30. Anne Hathaway: $80M
Anne Hathaway has never disappointed - from playing Selina in The Dark Knight Rises to her iconic role as the White Queen in 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland, alongside Helena Bonham Carter. It doesn't look like we're the only ones who love her, considering how much directors are paying her to star in their projects.
Hathaway earned a whopping $7.5 million for her role in Dark Knight Rises in 2012 and then only went up from there. The actress landed a $10 million deal for her role in Les Miserables, calculating her overall net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, to $80 million. Consider us impressed.
29. Emily Blunt: $80M
Speaking of Anne Hathaway, this actress starred alongside Hathaway in one of her first major Hollywood films, The Devil Wears Prada - and the rest was history. Blunt starred in both A Quiet Place films, and according to Variety, the actress raked in $12 to $13 million for her time in the horror movie franchise.
According to Variety, Mary Poppins herself made between $8 million and $10 million for her role in Mary Poppins Returns. She also made the same salary in Jungle Cruise, alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. All in all, Celebrity Net Worth estimates Blunt to be worth $80 million. Now that is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
28. Ellen Pompeo: $80M
Grey's Anatomy's very own, Meredith Grey makes the big bucks in her ongoing role as a top trauma surgeon at the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Ellen Pompeo makes about $550,000 per episode... plus syndications, royalties, and revenue according to multiple sites. The show has been on for 18 seasons, so ya'll can do the math.
However, she's ready for the series to be over. "I've been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end," she confessed. "I feel like I'm the super naive one who keeps saying, 'But what's the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?' And everyone's like, 'Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.'"
27. Emma Watson: $85M
From her impressive acting skills to becoming a star of the Harry Potter franchise at such a young age, Emma Watson was a millionaire when she was just a teenager. "By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get serious," Watson told Vogue years ago. And the money just got bigger.
"I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional," as the actress found out exactly how many millions she made from the eight Harry Potter films. After playing Hermoine, Watson must have gotten used to a major paycheck, as the actress received $15 million for her role in Beauty and the Beast, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
26. Halle Berry: $90M
The unstoppable Halle Berry has been in the game since the early '90s dishing out hit after hit beloved by fans everywhere. The actress made $1 million in the 1996 film, Executive Decision and her paychecks just got bigger from there - bringing her estimated value to $90 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth.
The Oscar-winning actress starred in the James Bond film, Die Another Day, where she earned $4 million and another $6 million a year later for her part in Gothika. Amongst all her prestigious roles, her largest salary came from her time as Patience Phillips in Catwoman, where she earned serious dough: $14 million dollars.
25. Natalie Portman: $90M
This powerhouse has been in the game since she first made a name for herself in the 1994 classic Leon: The Professional, a French action film that earned $4 million at the box office, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. Along with Berry, Portman has also been acting since the early '90s and is still dropping hits.
Portman has starred in some of Hollywood's most notable films, from V for Vendetta, Star Wars episodes, Black Swan, and Thor. The actress has secured a $90 million net worth - and the mansions she bought with that hard-earned cash. The actress took home the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2010 for her role in Black Swan.
24. Melissa McCarthy: $90M
This comedic legend has graced the big screen time and time again, but it wasn't until she was thirty when she caught her big break in the hit series Gilmore Girls. McCarthy told Howard Stern in an interview in 2014 she was about to quit acting before she was cast in Gilmore Girls. And we are blessed that she didn't.
Even though McCarthy didn't catch her big break until she was 40, her bank account looks just fine. From her breakout role in Bridesmaids to her Primetime Emmy Award for her guest appearances on Saturday Night Live - and $23 million from her 2015 movies Spy and Tammy - this actress is here to stay.
23. Cate Blanchett: $95M
Despite Cate Blanchett's exact salary details being kept on the down low, Celebrity Net Worth reported she made around $12.5 million for her role in the 2018 film Ocean 8. With this salary for just one film, the actress is one of the highest-paid in Hollywood - and not afraid to show it.
"It's always seen as, 'Well, you're famous. You've got the opportunity to do this, and now you're being greedy to talk about money.' But you're not," Blanchett explained. "You're talking about really practical things such as residuals, producing credits, insurance... status. And status opens doors."
22. Kaley Cuoco: $100M
The lovable Kelly Cuoco is next on our list of top-earning actresses in Hollywood. The hit show, The Big Bang Theory, ran for 12 seasons, and during the last two seasons of the sitcom, the actress was securing $1 million per episode! So perhaps no surprise, Celebrity Net Worth values the actress at $100 million.
"After we'd walk outside in disbelief, and we would cry," Kaley recalled of her and co-star Johnny Galecki's salary negotiations with executives. "We would have these long late-night conversations where we would be bawling because he and I both knew this would never happen again because it won't."
21. Angelina Jolie: $120M
The Maleficent bombshell received one of the most enormous paychecks to date when she played the role of Evelyn Salt in the action-mystery film Salt in 2010. Celebrity Net Worth reports that Jolie got paid a whopping $20 million for her iconic role in the film - and her annual salary is around $20-30 million. Dope.
Per Celebrity Net Worth, all that moolah gives Mrs. Smith a cool $120 million, even with her six children. So how does she do it? The actress shared her financial strategy, "Save one-third, live on one-third, and give away one-third." Jolie even advised fellow wealthy people to do the same. Noted.
20. Drew Barrymore: $125M
Not everyone can say they have been the star of a Steven Spielberg movie. But for Drew Barrymore, she can not only say she has, but she did it at only six years old. Barrymore's breakthrough performance was at such a young age, in the cult classic, E.T., which shaped both her career and her bank account.
After major success at such a young age, Barrymore has been in banger after banger. From Charlie's Angels to 50 First Dates, the actress has proved she can do no wrong. Celebrity Net Worth states the actress earned $15 million for her role in the 2007 romcom, Music and Lyrics, and now is valued at a hot $125 million.
19. Cameron Diaz: $140M
Cameron Diaz has also dominated Hollywood with her legendary roles and legendary income. Diaz made $20 million for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and a total of $42 million for the 2011 movie Bad Teacher. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she took $1 million upfront and then received a large portion of the backend gross.
However, in 2014, Diaz decided to step back from the acting world. The Vanilla Sky actress made the big decision explaining, "I just really wanted to make my life manageable by me." Cameron continued, "My routine [now] in a day is literally what I can manage to do by myself." And given that $140 million, all odds are off.
18. Courtney Cox: $150M
Cox made it big after playing Monica on one of the most beloved sitcoms of our time, Friends. The star is ranked as one of Hollywood's top-earning actresses. Per Celebrity Net Worth, the 57-year-old beauty is estimated at around $150 million - and she can definitely thank Friends for that!
When the show began in 1994, Cox was making $22,500 per episode. But when the last two seasons were airing, she was apparently earning $1 million/30-minute episode. Yup. After the show came to a close, the actress raked in a total of $88 million. Today, she is starring in a new horror-comedy series, Shining Vale.
17. Demi Moore: $150M
Since the 1990's Demi Moore has been an unstoppable force of nature, making her one of Hollywood's top actresses and executive producers. According to reports by The Richest, her diverse roles have all attributed to her overall wealth network of $150 million. But from early on, Moore was already bringing home lots of cash.
In the 1996 dramedy, Striptease, Moore earned $12.5 million for her iconic role - and another $11 million for her part in G.I Jane a year later. The actress also appeared in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle alongside fellow actresses Barrymore and Diaz. Moore also made millions as executive producer on the Austin Powers films.
16. Sarah Jessica Parker: $150M
SJP, another actress who made her way into Hollywood at a young age, starred in The Little Match Girl at only eight years old. The actress made it to Broadway in the '70s in the production, The Innocents - but it wasn't until the '90s that everything changed for her.
After her performances in Footloose and Hocus Pocus, SJP was cast to play the elite role of Carrie Bradshaw in the series Sex and the City. According to Parade, she made roughly $3.2 million per episode, $15 million for the first Sex and the City movie, and $20 million for the sequel, valuing her total net worth at $150 million!
15. Charlize Theron: $160M
Unapologetic actress, Charlize Theron, had a lot to say when Sony was hacked and leaked information regarding unequal pay amongst female and male actors. So when her coveted role in The Huntsman: Winter's War was filmed alongside co-star Chris Hemsworth she made sure her $10 million paycheck matched his.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress earns on average $10 million for her blockbuster hits. The South African actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the highly acclaimed movie, Monster in 2004. All in all, Celebrity Net Worth calculates Theron at an estimated $160 million.
14. Meryl Streep: $160M
It is no surprise that this living legend made it to the top of this list. At 72 years old, Meryl Streep runs Hollywood like the boss she is. Her highly-anticipated Netflix film, Don't Look Up, just dropped with four Academy Award nominations. The actress brings in around $20 million per movie.
"I feel very proud to have been able to work in films where the women I'm portraying are very central to the story," Meryl gushed. "We need to make more films that present women's lives as authentically as possible and tell more women's stories." Agreed.
13. Jennifer Lawrence: $160M
The American Hustle actress made her name in Hollywood at a young age and is here to stay. Lawrence made $30 to 40 million starring in the fourth Hunger Games and $25 million in Netflix's Don't Look Up, alongside fellow top earner Meryl Streep. But when Sony was hacked in 2014, the actress realized something.
"When the Sony hack happened, and I found out how much less I was being paid than the [men], I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself," Lawrence confessed. "I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn't want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don't need."
12. Scarlett Johansson: $165M
This blonde bombshell has understandably been one of the top-paid women in Hollywood for a while now. She's known for her powerhouse roles in films such as The Avengers and her $20 million deal for Black Widow. But the actress almost didn't see that big payday contributing to her $165 million net worth.
As it turns out, Scarlett was the backup plan for Black Widow - something she's happy about. "The best call you can receive is after you are rejected for something, and then you get it," Johansson revealed. "You appreciate it more. I've basically made a career out of being the second choice."
11. Sofia Vergara: $180M
Time to talk about this Colombian superstar Sofia Vergara, who Celebrity Net Worth roughly estimates has a net worth of $180 million. Same girl, same. Vergara reportedly made a nice salary of $500,000/Modern Family episode, only skyrocketing her career and her bank account.
"I'm not ashamed to say I love making money," Sofia previously confessed. "I like business, and the truth is I save way more than I spend. I invest. I plan for the future. I have a special eye for opportunities and work harder than anyone might expect." Sounds like our type of business plan.
10. Victoria Principal: $200M
Victoria Principal first made headlines after being featured on Fantasy Island in 1977. And after that, everything took a turn for the better. According to The Richest, Principal is valued at roughly $200 million, even though she hasn't acted since 2001.
Once Principal scored the role on the long-time successful series, Dallas, playing the iconic Pamela Barnes Ewing, she started bringing home the big bucks. Ewing was estimated to be earning $25,000 per episode - and there were 251 of them, so that could explain her hefty net worth!
9. Jessica Alba: $200M
Alba knew she wanted to make it to Hollywood from a young age. At just 11 years old, she won an acting competition connecting her to an agent, and in 2000 she finally made headlines after appearing in the series Dark-Angel. After starring in the 2003 Dance Romance movie Honey, everyone knew her name.
The actress made an estimate of $1 million in her role as Sue Storm in the successful Fantastic Four franchise. But the actress continued to make her moolah in another way besides acting. The actress turned entrepreneur started her own lifestyle brand in 2011, The Honest Company, named after her daughter, Honor. Very cool, Alba!
8. Jane Fonda: $200M
Being the daughter of iconic actor Henry Fonda, it was practically in Jane's DNA to become the living icon that she is now. Fonda made her debut acting with her father at the Omaha Community Theatre - but it wasn't until her movie debut in 1960, Tall Story, that her career popped off.
According to Yahoo Finance, this talented actress is worth $200 million based on her highly successful career. From her most sought-after films, such as Barbella and Klute, this 84-year-old superstar is a force to be reckoned with. The actress currently has a hilarious comedy show on Netflix, Grace and Frankie.
7. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen: $250M
These twin sisters stole our hearts in the '90s and, in doing so, raked up a lot of millions in their bank accounts. Before they could even speak, the Olsen twins were a part of the booming '90s family show, Full House, and later went on to star in many T.V. shows and movies.
Being valued at $500 million together, per Yahoo Finance, there is perhaps nothing these sisters can't do. At the beginning of the series, they were given roughly $2,400 per episode, but as time progressed into the final season, they were earning $80,000 per episode. The sisters also founded their own fashion label, The Row, in 2006.
6. Sandra Bullock: $250M
According to Celebrity Net Worth, this ultimate boss, Sandra Bullock, is estimated at $250 million. Understandably so, Bullock has been in hit movies from The Blind Side to Speed and Gravity. In the 2013 film, Gravity, the actress was guaranteed $20 million - plus 15% of the box office receipts and merchandise!
And Bullock will continue to do things her way. "People are always going, 'That's not what people want to see you in.' I couldn't care less," she bluntly said. "I'm the only one who can tell me what I'm not capable of doing. And then I'll do it anyway." We love to hear it.
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $250M
It's hard to imagine what modern sitcoms would look like if not for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the rest of the Seinfeld squad. With that being said, it's also hard to imagine what her bank account (or any of their bank accounts) would have looked like without Seinfeld. So, the feeling is mutual.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actress is set to inherit billions from her businessman dad. But as of now, her $250 million is due to her comedic small-screen acting. Time reported the actress was making $600,000 per episode of Seinfeld and earned $500,000 in the 2012 comedy, Veep.
4. Julia Roberts: $250M
Roberts made it big thanks to the 1990 classic, Pretty Woman and since then has been an acting sensation. Per Celebrity Net Worth, she earned $25 million for the 2003 film Mona Lisa Smile, the average income for the actress. However, if Roberts were starting her career today, things could have been different…
"Things have changed a lot," Julia explained of working in Hollywood. "When I started out... there were logical steps in a career progression: you made a film, and if it was successful, you had the opportunity to work again... Now, someone can just pop out of nowhere and make it, which I guess is very destabilizing."
3. Nicole Kidman: $250M
From some of her most prominent roles in Rabbit Hole and Moulin Rouge! to her small-screen hit television series, Nine Perfect Strangers and Big Little Lies, it's no wonder Celebrity Net Worth totals her at a whopping $250 mil. The actress received $17.5 million alone for the 2005 romance film, Bewitched. Boo!
But according to Nicole, she is definitely not alone in this. The actress shared that some of her most significant career moves were "Not always coming from a sense of confidence, like 'I know what I'm doing.' Not at all. A lot of times, I'm relying heavily on the people around to say, 'You've got more in you.'"
2. Jennifer Aniston: $300M
It is no surprise fellow Friends actress Jennifer Aniston made it to the top of this list, sitting on a hefty $300 million net worth reported by Celebrity Net Worth. Aniston has made the big bucks from her comedic performances to her highly successful small screen T.V. roles.
By the time the beloved family-friendly series, Friends, was ending, the actress and her co-stars were making $1 million per episode - which makes sense considering it is one of the most highly worshipped programs of all time. Aniston is now earning a hefty $1.25 million per episode on The Morning Show series.
1. Reese Witherspoon: $300M
Last but certainly not least is Jennifer Aniston's co-star on The Morning Show, Reese Witherspoon - also holding a value of $300 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. This Louisana native also earns $1.25 million per episode on the hit series. And according to her, it's time for women to talk more about their earnings...
"Women need to talk about money more often. And our successes, not just our devastations," Reese said. Witherspoon proudly stated one of her life career highlights was becoming a first-time homeowner, proving not all successes have to do with millions in the bank. But still, it must be nice!