There are more TV actresses than you might think of and most probably they earn more than you would think. In fact the 20 top paid actresses made a little over $189 million in only one year. This sum includes on-camera pay, endorsement contracts, and behind-the-scenes work.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

The star of Modern Family made it to the top for the second time in a row. Besides being paid by her TV show, she also had endorsement contracts with Covergirl, Diet Pepsi, Synthroid, and Rooms to Go. She has a line of home goods and clothing at Kmart which turned out to be more than successful.

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

This actress gathered $3 million in earnings only one year. It is known that she gains $300,000 for each episode of The Big Bang Theory in which she has a lead role. She also has deals with Toyota and Priceline. It is no wonder that she owns a $2 million home.

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

The star of Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit manages to engage over 5 million viewers each week. She earns from the show $11 million. This made it possible for her to found a nonprofit organization dealing with children who were sexually abused.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

30’s Rock is one of the hottest shows of the moment. The actress is known to be the funny lady of television. She was one of the stars of Mean Girls and it looks like she wants to come with a change and turn the show into a musical. Last year she had total earnings of $2 million.

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel

This TV star is on the 4th place of the highest earning TV stars. While she has been on the list for quite some time now, this might be her last appearance. Since she will have a daytime show starting with next season, most probably we will see her among the TV personalities’ list in 2014.

Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian

Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian

The sisters insisted on not being listed separately because they work just as hard both on and off camera. Their show is a big hit this year and the clothing lines that they created for QVC and Sears are flying off the shelves. They managed to take home $10 million.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

After her success in Bridesmaids, she has become one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. We could see her in Identity Thief which received terrible reviews but it brought a lot of money. Her movie with Sandra Bullock was better received by the critics.

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