TV’s Highest-Paid Kid Actors (Surprise! Miley Cyrus Isn’t No. 1)

by | May 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM | TV News

Angus T. Jones of 'Two and a Half Men' (Photo: CBS)

Angus T. Jones of 'Two and a Half Men' (Photo: CBS)

The highest-paid child actor on TV doesn’t star on a Disney Channel show. Nor does he headline one of Nickelodeon’s many kid-friendly programs. The highest paid child actor on TV actually stars on the CBS hit show, ‘Two and a Half Men.’ His name is Angus T. Jones and he makes a whopping $250,000 per episode.

Earlier today, the New York Post revealed their list of the top 10 highest-paid kid actors on television today. After polling talent agents, casting agents, and other TV execs, they narrowed down TV’s richest mini-moguls.

Surprisingly, Miley Cyrus didn’t even make the top five. Though her franchise and ‘Hannah Montana’ namesake are worth millions (some even estimate a full billion), she’s not making large chunks of change from her TV show. In fact, Cyrus makes around $15,000 an episode–landing her #6 on the list.

The second highest paid child actor on TV is Miranda Cosgrove, the star of hit Nickelodeon show ‘iCarly.’ This young lady makes roughly $160,000 an episode.

But after Jones and Cosgrove, there’s a pretty big gap in salary for the rest of the list. The remaining eight actors make between $12,000 – $20,000 an episode. Not too shabby but certainly not in the same ballpark as Jones and Cosgrove.

Here is the rest of the list:

1. Angus T. Jones, 16
$250,000 an episode to spar with Charlie Sheen
‘Two and a Half Men’
CBS

2. Miranda Cosgrove, 16
$180,000 per show
‘iCarly’
Nickelodeon

3. Selena Gomez, 17
$25,000 per episode
‘Wizards of Waverly Place’
Disney Channel

4. Dylan and Cole Sprouse, 17
$20,000 each per episode
‘The Suite Life’
Disney Channel

4. Keke Palmer, 16
$20,000 an episode
‘True Jackson, VP’
Nickelodeon

6. Miley Cyrus, 17
$15,000 per show but don’t forget about her tours, movies, etc…
‘Hannah Montana’
Disney Channel

7. Rico Rodriguez, 11
$15,000 a show and worth every penny!
‘Modern Family’
ABC

8. Demi Lovato, 17
$12,000 per show
‘Sonny With a Chance’
Disney Channel

9. Victoria Justice, 17
$12,000 an episode
‘Victorious’
Nickelodeon

10. Atticus Shaffer, 11
$12,000 a show
‘The Middle’
ABC

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