Article: Top 10 Korean TV Actors Who Are Paid More Than Film Stars Per Episode

Korean dramas seized the world by storm. It is famous not only in South Korea but all over the world. Korean dramas are top-rated not only for their outstanding story contexts but also because of the actors and actresses who do each role. The thriving interest in their shows has inevitably translated into incredible earnings.The following celebrities take enormous sums of money from their sweat, hardwork and, sleepless nights.But there is a widespread misunderstanding that Korean movie stars make the highest stock.However, some highest-earning actors in Korea are from Korean dramas.Here are the top television actors who earn more than Korean stars per episode.

1. Kim Soo-Hyun

Kim Soo-Hyun is one of the greatest names in the world of Korean drama. He is probably one of the famous actors in South Korea with the highest-paid record. He started to gain popularity from the Korean drama "Dream High," followed that up with "Moon Embracing The Sun,” "My Love From The Star,” "It's Okay To Not Be Okay.”

Estimated fee per episode: $84,000-$164,000


2. Hyun Bin

South Korean actor Hyun Bin is considered one of the best performers of his generation as well as one of the highest-paid Korean actors. His fame came with the 2005 drama "My Lovely Sam-Soon.”He gained world recognition after his talented acting in the famous Korean drama "Crash Landing On You.”

Estimated fee per episode: $83,900-$84,000


3. So Ji-Sub

Actor So Ji-sub begins his acting career in the 1990s. But he started getting recognition after the Korean drama called "Glass Slippers" in 2002, in which he played the supporting role. Later he appeared in the lead roles of his popular dramas "What Happened In Bali,” "I Love You,” "Cain And Abel,” "Phantom,” "Master's Sun,” "Oh My Venus.”

Estimated fee per episode: $67,000-$67,100


4. Lee Min-Ho

Who doesn't remember Gu Jun-pyo from "Boys Over Flowers.” This role made actor Lee Min-ho the heartthrob of millions across Asia. His popularity rendered him the first Korean actor to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum in Asia. His notable dramas are "City Hunter,” "The Heir,” "Legend Of The Blue Sea,” "The King: Eternal Monarch.”

Estimated fee per episode: $62,000


5. Lee Seung-Gi

Lee Seung-gi is one of the multitalented actors in South Korea. He is an entertainer, singer, andshow host beside an actor. That's why hecalled as a "triple threat” famously. He is a superstar with his performances in "My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho,” "Gu Family Book,” "A Korean Odyssey,” "Vagabond,” and "Mouse.”

Estimated fee per episode: $59,000


6. Yoo Ah-In

Actor Yoo Ah-in is an in-demand actor around today. He gained popularity through his television drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal.” He is better known for playing a diverse spectrum of roles in Korean movies and dramas. The actor gained global attention for his performance in the award-winning film "Burning" in 2018. He is the first Korean actor to get a Blue Dragon Award for Best Leading Actor.

Estimated fee per episode: $50,000-$59,000


7. Song Joong-Ki

After the success of "Descendants Of The Sun," Song Joong-ki got appreciation worldwide. He is one of the Korean drama actors who gained popularity through the popular drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal.” The actor has worked as a host in many shows and also starred in a few films. Song Joon-ki also has a huge fan following on social media.

Estimated fee per episode: $50,000-$50,300


8. Lee Jong-Suk

If you are a die heart fan of Lee Jong-suk, you probably would know that he first debuted as a model back in 2005. He started his modeling profession when he was just 17 years old. He even became the youngest male model to debut in Seoul fashion week in the Seoul collection program. Some of his famous Korean dramas are "Romance Is A Bonus Book,” "Pinocchio,” "W: Two Worlds Apart.”

Estimated fee per episode: $50,000-$50,300


9. Ji Chang-Wook

The handsome Ji Chang-Wook is a well-known South Korean actor. He has been in crime thriller dramas, historical dramas, and fantasy romantic comedies. Ji Chang-Wook is also a multitalented actor. Heeven recorded several pop singles for the original soundtracks to his dramas. “Empress Ki,” "Healer,” "The K2,” "Suspicious Partner,” "Backstreet Rookie" are some of his famous dramas you should watch.

Estimated fee per episode: $42,000-$50,300


10. Jo In-Sung

Jo In-sung is equally impressive in both dramas and movies. He is best known for his incredible acting in dramas like "What happened In Bail,” "The Wind Blows And it's Okay,” "That Winter,” "Spring Day,” "That's Love.” The actor’s most recent work was "Escape From Mogadishu.” This film is currently the highest-grossing film at the Korean box office.

Estimated fee per episode: $67,000