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Highest-Paid TV Actresses 2018: Sofia Vergara Made 73 Percent More Than Kaley Cuoco

Robin Wright, Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra drop off Forbes’ Top 10 list

Sofia Vergara is once again the belle of the TV-actress-salary ball, having been named No. 1 on Forbes’ list of the World’s Highest-Paid Actresses for the seventh year in a row.

The “Modern Family” star’s winning paycheck of $42.5 million beats out “Big Bang Theory” lead Kaley Cuoco’s — her nearest competition — $24.5 million in earnings by 73 percent, according to Forbes’ 2018 rankings.

But Vergara’s salary isn’t just made up of her haul from the ABC sitcom. Almost half of that figure reflects cash from endorsements and licensing deals.

In third place again is “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, whose new number this year is $23.5 million, a giant raise she negotiated after 15 seasons leading the Shonda Rhimes-created series. That bump made her TV’s highest-paid dramatic actress — ever.

New to the list this year are Cuoco’s co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, with “Homeland” star Claire Danes returning to the ranks. Robin Wright, Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra were among the top earners from 2017 who didn’t make the cut this year.

See the full list of the 2018’s highest-paid actresses below.

No. 1. Sofia Vergara

Earnings: $42.5 million

Primary Show: “Modern Family”

No. 2. Kaley Cuoco

$24.5 million

“Big Bang Theory”

No. 3. Ellen Pompeo

$23.5 million

“Grey’s Anatomy”

No. 4 Mariska Hargitay

$13 million

“Law & Order: SVU”

No. 5. Julie Bowen

$12.5 million

“Modern Family”

No. 6. Mayim Bialik

$12 million

“Big Bang Theory”

No. 6. Melissa Rauch

$12 million

“Big Bang Theory”

No. 8. Kerry Washington

$11 million


No. 9. Claire Danes

$9 million


No. 10. Pauley Perrette

$8.5 million