Sofia Vergara No. 1 on top-earning TV actresses list again
Sofia Vergara has once again topped Forbes' list of top-earning TV actresses.
The 41-year-old "Modern Family" actress topped last year's list with $19 million in estimated earnings. Vergara tops this year's roster with an estimated $30 million in earnings.
To come up with its lineup, the magazine looked at television projects completed and endorsement and licensing deals made from June 2012 through June 2013. The roster also includes reality personalities like "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom.
Check out some of the top-earning TV actresses on Forbes' list below.
1. Sofia Vergara ($30 Million)
Vergara stars on one of the highest-rated shows on television and the adult actors on the show received a salary increase after a contract dispute last summer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the adult cast members, with the exception of Ed O'Neill, earned approximately $65,000 per episode before the dispute.
After the contract dispute was resolved, the actors reportedly earned about $170,000 or $175,000 an episode during the show's fourth season, with an increase in each subsequent season.
Vergara also has endorsement deals with companies like Diet Pepsi and Cover Girl, as well as a clothing line and home goods line available at Kmart. In addition to her endorsements, Vergara serves as an executive producer for an upcoming ABC show called "Killer Women."
2. (Tie) Kaley Cuoco ($11 million)
"The Big Bang Theory" actress earns an estimated $300,000 for every episode of the high-rated television series. The show's syndication also earns her an extra $1.5 million a year, according to Forbes, and she also has endorsement deals with Priceline and Toyota.
2. (Tie) Mariska Hargitay ($11 million)
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" helped Hargitay earn an estimated $11 million between June 2012 and June 2013. The show, which is about to air its 15th season, also has 319 episodes in syndication.
4. (Tie) Tina Fey ($10 million)
Fey, who tied for fifth place on last year's list with $11 million, wrapped up "30 Rock" after seven seasons on Jan. 31 and earned approximately $10 million over the past year. The 43-year-old writer and actress also starred in the film "Admission" with Paul Rudd. The movie was released in March and earned just $18 million domestically, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Fey is set to next appear on the big screen with a cameo role in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," which hits theaters on December 20.
Fey also has a starring role in the new Muppets film, "Muppets Most Wanted" which is set to be released on March 21, 2014.
4. (Tie) Bethenny Frankel ($10 million)
The former reality star is set to launch her daytime talk show "Bethenny" on Sept. 9 and is still earning a lot from the 2011 acquisition of her Skinnygirl cocktail line by Fortune's Beam Global Sprits & Wine unit. Frankel also made income from her line of health books and fitness videos.
4. (Tie) The Kardashian sisters ($10 million)
Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom have proved they have staying power with their reality shows still earning strong ratings. The sisters also have a clothing line with Sears, as well as one with QVC.
4. (Tie) Melissa McCarthy ($10 million)
McCarthy continues to earn her salary from the hit show "Mike & Molly" and the actress scored not one, but two hit films between June 2012 and June 2013. "Identity Thief" with Jason Bateman, earned $173.9 million worldwide after its release in February, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. McCarthy also starred in the hit film "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock, which earned $214.6 million worldwide.
4. (Tie) Ellen Pompeo ($10 million)
"Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo rounds out the fourth place tie. According to Forbes, Pompeo earns $350,000 for each episode of the medical drama and millions more for the show's syndication.