Emmys are nice, but it's a hefty paycheck that really counts. Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey knows a bit about both. According to TVGuide.com, she earns $315 million a year from her syndicated talk show.
"House" star Hugh Laurie is the highest paid dramatic actor on TV, earning $400,000 per episode. The British actor has been nominated for an Emmy five times, including this year, but has yet to take home the hardware.
"Desperate Housewives" stars Marcia Cross, right, Eva Longoria Parker, second right, Teri Hatcher, second left, and Felicity Huffman, third left, earn $400,000 an episode They are shown here with co-star Nicolette Sheridan and show creator Marc Cherry.
Actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey talks to the media on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the Homestead-Miami International Speedway in Homestead, Fla. He earns $250,000 per episode for his role on "Grey's Anatomy"
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, is seen at a party for "The Simpsons Movie" in Los Angeles. He and Julie Kavner, who voices Marge Simpson, earn $400,000 per episode.
"30 Rock" actress Tina Fey attends the 2010 NBC Upfront presentation at The Hilton Hotel on May 17, 2010, in New York. She earns $350,000 per episode for her work.
Lauren Graham, a cast member in "Parenthood," arrives at the premiere screening of the television show, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in Los Angeles. She earns $150,000 per episode, as does Dana Delany of "Body of Proof" and Jimmy Smits of "Outlaw."
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith earns $150,000 per episode for "HawthoRNe."
Actor LL Cool J, left, and actor Chris O'Donnell, seen at the CBS CW Showtime Summer press tour are party in San Marino, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. The two "NCIS: Los Angeles" stars each earn $125,000 per episode.
"Entourage" cast members Adrian Grenier, left, and Kevin Dillon arrive at the premiere of the sixth season of the HBO series in Los Angeles, Thursday July 9, 2009. They each earn $200,000 per episode, as does David Duchovny of "Californication."