How much money do these 11 popular K-drama actresses make per episode?
Have you ever wondered how much K-drama actress such as Ha Ji Won, Park Shin Hye, and Gong Hyo Jin make per K-drama episode? South Korean media outlet Daily Sports recently put together a list of Korea’s top actresses’ earnings per episode, and the amounts may shock you!
These numbers are approximate and were determined after consulting with drama production companies, broadcasting company producers, management staff members, and other specialists in the entertainment industry.
Here is a countdown of the top 11 highest paid K-drama actresses by how much they make per episode!
11. Moon Chae Won
Actress Moon Chae Won, who most recently starred in the medical drama Good Doctor, is estimated to receive 25 million won ($21,000 USD) per episode.
10. Park Shin Hye
Fan favorite Park Shin Hye, who most recently starred in the hit Pinocchio with Lee Jong Suk, is also estimated to make around 25 million won ($21,000 USD) per drama episode she completes. Park Shin Hye is also a great philanthropist who likes to donate to charities across Asia.
Oh My Ghostess star Park Bo Young is said to make 30 million won ($25,000) per drama episode. Oh My Ghostess is Park Bo Young's first television drama in seven years!
8. Shin Min Ah
The model and actress who is best known for her role in My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox also makes 30 million won ($25,000) per episode she films. Shin Min Ah is currently filming Oh My God alongside So Ji Sub.
7. Gong Hyo Jin
The romantic comedy queen makes an average of 40 million won ($33,400) per episode. However, it has been reported that her Producer per episode paycheck was significantly less than her It's Okay That's Love paycheck because she's willing to take a pay cut for unique projects.
6. Kim Tae Hee
Although Kim Tae Hee's per-episode asking price dropped after her previous drama Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love tanked in the ratings, the actress still receives around 40 million won ($33,400) per episode for the drama Yong Pal, which is currently still filming. Kim Tae Hee also makes an impressive 700 million won ($589,000 USD) annually from endorsement and advertising deals.
5. Song Hye Kyo
Song Hye Kyo, who is currently in the center of the Hallyu wave in China, has maintained earnings per episode of over 50 million won ($41,800 USD) since her appearance in That Winter the Wind Blows.
4. Choi Ji Woo
Most recently, Choi Ji Woo signed on to the highly anticipated drama Twenty Again for 50 million won ($41,800 USD) per episode, a record in tvN history. It was reported that one of the reasons she was able to command such a high per-episode price because it is her first cable drama appearance in 21 years.
3. Ha Ji Won
Ha Ji Won, the queen of K-dramas, also received an estimated 50 million won ($41,800 USD) per episode for her most recent drama Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days.
2. Lee Young Ae
Lee Young Ae, best known for her wildly popular 2003 drama Jewel in the Palace, will star in the upcoming drama Saimdang, the Herstory, her long-awaited 12-year comeback to television. She is set to make 100 million won ($83,500 USD) per episode for the highly anticipated drama. Hong Kong’s Emperor Entertainment Korea (EEK) is investing 10 billion won (approximately $10 million USD) in the drama, which speaks volumes of Lee Young Ae’s popularity in China.
1. Jeon Ji Hyun
Topping the list is Jeon Ji Hyun, who also commands an impressive 100 million won ($83,500 USD) per episode. Although Jeon Ji Hyun has not starred in a drama since 2013's mega hit My Love From Another Star, she is still riding a huge popularity wave from the show. She most recently starred in the action film Assassination in 2015, which was a huge hit across Asia. Jeon Ji Hyun also tops the list for actresses endorsement and advertising income, making an estimated 700 million won ($589,000 USD) annually.
Do any of these actresses' per episode paychecks surprise you? Which popular actresses are you surprised did not make this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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