What Would Your Favorite TV Characters Earn In Real Life?


They've made you laugh, they've made you cry, and done it all while working hard to pay the bills. Your favorite TV characters not only have engrossing personalities, they have on-screen jobs with incomes that vary widely. How much does your favorite TV character earn?

In honor of the upcoming 2011 Emmys, online salary database PayScale.com gathered a group of six TV starlets and researched their career choices and earnings. The following is salary info for some of America's most well-loved characters.

1. Molly Flynn, "Mike & Molly"

Job: Elementary School Teacher

How much she'd make in real life: $49,700

She's sweet, she's thoughtful and she's in love with her whole-lot-to-hug honey, Mike. Played by Melissa McCarthy, the character of Molly charms audiences and manages her classroom of fourth graders in Chicago with grace. "I don't get a lot of atta boys as a teacher, but I know if I reach just one kid I am making a difference." And for her hard work, she earns about $49,700 per year.

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2. Dr. Mark Sloan, a.k.a. Dr. McSteamy, "Grey's Anatomy"

Job: Plastic Surgeon

How much he'd make in real life: $309,600 - $382,100

This rogue is all chaos, drama and sex appeal. Whether breaking hearts or sewing straight stitches, he thickens the plot of Grey's Anatomy week after week. Played by Eric Dane, Dr. McSteamy tops our character income list. As an otolaryngologist in Seattle, Wash., who specializes in plastic surgery, PayScale estimates his annual salary to range between $309,600 and $382,100. No wonder he can always open up his pocketbook to pay for his romantic misdeeds.

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3. Leslie Knope, "Parks and Recreation"

Job: Parks and Recreation Director

How much she'd make in real life: $42,300 - $51,000

Long-term, Leslie Knope wants to be the first female president of the United States, but for now she works with a motley team at the Pawnee, Ind., Parks and Recreation Department. As a mid-level executive, she takes charge and never lets her passion for her hometown wane. What does Leslie Knope earn for keeping parks safe and available to everyone? PayScale estimates a salary range of $42,300 and $51,000 per year.

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4. Jack Donaghy, "30 Rock"

Job: Executive Vice President

How much he'd make in real life: $250,600 - $348,500

He's decisive, conservative, slick, strong-willed, and he always seems to be in the way. Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, is the vice president of East Coast Television. What does he earn for belittling Liz Lemon and wandering the halls at 30 Rockefeller? PayScale shows his Manhattan salary to range between $250,600 and $348,500 per year.

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5. Peggy Olson, "Mad Men"

Job: Senior Copywriter

How much she'd make in real life: $79,900

Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss) of "Mad Men" has had a dramatic rise from secretary to junior copywriter to full-time ad copywriter. Her hidden pregnancy and struggle to have her work noticed have seasoned her and now she's getting some sass. What would an ad copywriter like Peggy earn in Manhattan today? PayScale estimates her pay would be $79,900 per year.

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6. Michael Scott, "The Office"

Job: General Manager

How much he'd make in real life: $55,100 - $73,500

Oh so awkward and absolutely addictive, the character of Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, has audiences laughing and squirming in their seats. What did this "friend first, boss second" king of office humor earn for leading his team at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Penn.? PayScale estimates that his salary would be between $55,100 and $73,500 per year.

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Source: All salary data is provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Salaries listed are median, national, annual salaries for full-time workers with 5 to 13 years of experience, and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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Who gives a crap about what these little hoes earn. We are the idiots who have created these
super rich, money grubbing sociopaths. I love to see them spend on bling and then go broke.
boohoo for the "demi-gods"

September 19 2011 at 7:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I would like to know how much these TV personalities earn per episode!

September 19 2011 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trudy Marie

...and they would still make A PHENOMENAL LIVING...a lot more than I have ever made working ten times harder in my career!

September 19 2011 at 4:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i wish he would sell his home like Kristy Alley and get outta town: http://www.smartsandiegohomefinder.com/blog/kristie-alley-just-listed-at-her-home-on-maine-island-for-235-million.html

Great actor Alec B.

September 19 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

where in the world does an elementary school teacher make 50 grand a year... not here. I am an elementary school teacher with 10 years of experience and I make 40.

September 19 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Homer Simpson wouldn't have to live in his crumbling house if he made the average of over $62,000 for twenty year employees. Mmmmmm floor pie......................

September 19 2011 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This would have been more interesting, (and more accurate) had you compared what these people actually make "playing' these real life people, to the obviously known salaries,of real people! Then, the real differences, could be revealed! Other than that, who cares!!

September 19 2011 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to pozboys's comment

THe dispariety of what the REAL world folks vs the REEL variety salary is in reality rather gruesome...Love when the various on screen project THEIR hassles in life living 'average'...From the varius talking heads to the audience thou for what accounts for the ridiculousnous of vting against own best interest time after time ? How many boo'd the HC reform and jabber need for tax reduction but in turn keep paying for 'services' via increased fees or discontinued services and etc,etc,etc...We want OUR cakes and to eat them too and remain hopeful that someday OUR ships will come in and we will be overladen with/in abundence and etc ,etc ...WE ALL NEED A VAST REALITY CHECK and to come to grips that indeed , in order to survive we do indeed need a village that shares the burdens as well as the wealth that is far more stuffed into well connected pockets of those that no bounds to their greedy grabs at everyone elses expense . We regular /rdinary folks are expected to dig deeper into our pockets and accept the fact WE are the designated ACCEPTABLE collateral damagees.

September 19 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone really care about this story ?

September 19 2011 at 9:02 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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