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You'll Never Guess Which Of These Actresses Make The Most Per Episode

The answer may shock you.

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    Ellen Pompeo
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    Ellen Pompeo
    Mariska Hargitay
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    Mariska Hargitay
    Taraji P. Henson
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    Taraji P. Henson
    Kerry Washington
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    Kerry Washington
    Emilia Clarke
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    Emilia Clarke
    Kaley Cuoco
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    Kaley Cuoco
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    Viola Davis
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    Viola Davis
    Gina Rodriguez
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    Gina Rodriguez
    Lauren Graham
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    Lauren Graham
    Tracee Ellis Ross
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    Tracee Ellis Ross
    Sofia Vergara
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    Sofia Vergara

You'll Never Guess Which Of These Actresses Make The Most Per Episode

You got: The highest!

Kaley Cuoco and the rest of The Big Bang Theory's lead cast make a whopping $1 million dollars per episode.

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You got: The second highest!

It seems like Netflix was willing to go above and beyond to make the Gilmore Girls reboot happen because Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are being paid $750K per episode to star in it. This makes them the second most paid TV actresses this year (first if you're only couting dramas).

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You got: The third highest!

No way Emilia Clarke a.k.a. Badass Mother of Dragons wasn't making the top three. HBO pays she, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Kit Harington $500K and episode to give us all heart attacks on Game of Thrones every week.

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You got: The fourth highest!

Few women have consistently slayed a TV role as long as Mariska Hargitay has on Law & Order: SVU. NBC recognizes that by paying her $450K an episode.

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You got: The fifth highest!

Ellen Pompeo is Shondaland's longest standing and highest paid lead actress. She gets $400K an episode for managing not to get killed on Grey's Anatomy for this long.

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You got: Tied for the sixth highest!

Despite being the only actress of the group to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress FIVE times in a row, Julia Louis-Dreyfus didn't make the top five. However, her rate of $250K an episode is the most common on the list.

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You got: Tied for the sixth highest!

Sofia Vergara has been making us laugh on Modern Family for quite a while now. She makes $250K an episode, making her the highest paid hispanic actress on TV ($850K less than the highest paid white actress).

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You got: Tied for the sixth highest!

Viola Davis ties with fellow Shondaland leading lady Kerry Washington with a rate of $250K an episode, making them both the highest paid black actresses on TV ($850K less than the highest paid white actress).

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You got: Tied for the sixth highest!

Kerry Washington ties with fellow Shondaland leading lady Viola Davis with a rate of $250K an episode, making them both the highest paid black actresses on TV ($850K less than the highest paid white actress).

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You got: The third lowest!

Taraji P. Henson's role as Cookie Lyon may have garnered her a Golden Globe and Critic's Choice Award, but she's still at the low end of this group with a rate of $175K an episode.

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You got: The second lowest!

Even though she became the first black actress in 30 years to be nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy, Tracee Ellis Ross is listed at only making $80K per episode on Blackish. That's even less than her co-star Anthony Anderson who makes $100K an episode.

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You got: The least paid!

Last but certainly not least is Gina Rodriguez. The actress gets $60K per episode for playing everyone's favorite virgin on the CW.

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The figures for this quiz are estimates based on this report from Variety.

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