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What The Kids Are Making!

| Filed under: TV NewsMiley CyrusSelena GomezDemi LovatoMiranda Cosgrove


For the most part, it's less that we thought!

Most child stars have been working since they were in utero, but that doesn't mean they are getting paid big $$$$.

A few kids get hundred of thousands an episode, while others earn a mere $10,000. Even Miley Cyrus only made $15,000 per episode on Hannah Montana. And she makes five times that at just one of her concerts.

“Miley is worth a billion — but she’s not making a billion on TV,” claims a source. “But her franchise is worth a billion.”

“People think there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” for young TV stars, says Hollywood talent agent Jackie Lewis, who represents a bevy of young TV actors.

“But let’s think about the commissions given out once they get that pot of gold: Ten percent goes to the agent; 10-15 percent goes to the manager and 15 percent goes to the Coogan Account,” said agent Jackie Lewis, referring to the trust fund that by California state law must be established for underage actors and cannot be touched until they’re 21. “And then there’s taxes. So even if a kid is making $25,000 a week, he or she may see only 30 or 40 percent of that money.”

Below are the top earners:

1. Angus T. Jones, 16
Two and a Half Men - $250,000

2. Miranda Cosgrove, 16
iCarly" -$180,000

3. Selena Gomez, 17
Wizards of Waverly Place - $25,000

4. Dylan and Cole Sprouse, 17
The Suite Life - $20,000 each

4. Keke Palmer, 16
True Jackson - $20,000

6. Miley Cyrus, 17
Hannah Montana - $15,000

6. Rico Rodriguez, 11
Modern Family - $15,000

8. Demi Lovato, 17
Sonny With a Chance - $12,000

8. Victoria Justice, 17
Victorious - $12,000

8. Atticus Shaffer, 11
The Middle - $12,000


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60 comments to “What The Kids Are Making!”

  1. 1

    it was actually stated that this was incorrect. Miley makes between 50-60 thousand per episode. She is also worth well over 500 million dollars and is estimated to be worth a billion by 21.

  2. 2

    The lowest earner gets paid $12,000 and episode, which is more than I make in a year.

  3. 3

    haha this is so funny it makes me laugh to see rico rodriguez get more money than demi….i hate demi shes and emo backstabbing bitch haha i guess nobody want her afterall

  4. SeeMe says – reply to this


    These kids need to sign with Angus T. Jones' agent. That way they won't have to slum it on only 12,000 a week.

  5. 5

    It's obvious…adults are making the really big bucks from the kids talent. Nothing new here. Agents. managers, parents, studios, promoters. Thank goodness for the Coogan Account law.

  6. 6

    I'm surprised that Miley is #6 Hannah Montana has been out longer than Wizard of Waverly Place and
    True Jackson. Oh well I'm just glad that Selena and Keke are making more money then slutty cyrus.
    I think Demi should get paid more though she's really talented!!

  7. 7

    How is Miley Cyrus making less money than Selena Gomez.
    I mean, Im sure Miley gets a cut in all the DVDs and the CDs and the everything else that comes along with Hannah Montana, but Wizards of Waverly Place isn't even close to Hannah Montana.

  8. 8

    We're supposed to feel bad because some kids we've never heard of on TV shows we don't watch only make 12 or 15 or 20 or 25 thousand dollars an episode.

    An 11-year old makes 12 grand a week and you feel sorry for him?

    I only hope they have seen what often happens to child stars and save their money.

  9. 9

    Is Miranda Cosgrove the one that looks sort of half down sydrome-ish? Like that Tina Chen on Youtube?

  10. 10

    I sincerely, from the bottom of my heart hope that Miranda Cosgrove's costar Jenette McCurdy makes the same amount as miranda. She deserves much more. She can actually sing without any autotune, but somehow miranda's album makes more than hers, because nicklodeon promotes the shit out of her? unfair.

    Jenette and Nathan are way better actors than miranda, once she gets to be an adult I hope she has an actual job in mind that doesn't involve singing, acting, or acting like you're better than other people.

  11. foxy3 says – reply to this


    Selena should be making more than Miranda…

  12. 12

    Re: Malfinnien – HA! ME TOO!

  13. 13

    that kid from two and a half men must be LOADED. wow. no wonder charlie wants 2 mill an episode.

  14. 14

    Miranda isn't very pretty. Just saying. >.>

  15. 15

    angus is doing VERY well.
    and i can't believe selena makes more money than miley.
    but then again she's more dedicated to disney than miley

  16. 16

    and thats one of the reasons miley doesnt need disney anymore
    she can make a 10 million dollars from one record so why bother shoot a boring show…

  17. mp23 says – reply to this


    icarly is the biggest waste ever.

    that miranda girl is getting payed way to damn much..the fuck

  18. 18

    they should raise selena's and lower icarly's

  19. 19

    Holy crap! Miranda Cosgrove makes $180,000 an episode?????

  20. 20

    Kid needs a good toothbrush

  21. 21

    holy hell, and theres starving children in this world why…?

  22. 22


  23. 23

    i love that Angus T. Jones makes more then Miley. hell i love that Salena is makin more then her!

  24. 24

    They should raise Angus T. Jones and lower everybody else :)

  25. 25

    Angus T. Jones makes THAT much!
    I never knew Two and a Half Men was THAT popular!
    Damnn, i want to sign with his agent ):

  26. 26

    Wonder what they do with all that money.

  27. 27


  28. 28

    I think it's sad state when adults are looking for food stamps and money yet these kids are making a years worth of salary per episode.

  29. 29

    Whoa Miley defently deserves a higher spot on that list

  30. 30

    You people are the biggest fools ever! iCarly is awesome. It's actually funny, unlike all those stupid Disney Shows. None of the Disney Stars have talent. They can't act to save their lives and most of them are horrible singers. The only good actors are on Suite Life on Deck, the rest suck. And eyelineredheart., she's waaay prettier than you, and yo mama, makes more money too. All you iCarly haters and Miranda haters obviously can't reconize true talent if it hit you in the face. iCarly actual relates to kids, that's why it makes so much. Disney needs to stop copying Nickelodeon and start being more original. Nickelodeon has the talent, Disney, not so much! Miranda makes millions, including her new album, Sparks Fly, that really shows off her talent. I think Jennette McCurdy and Miranda's costars should be on here because they are waaaay better than Selena, and Miley. (:
    Nickelodeon FTW

  31. 31

    Re: twilightfanalways – The people want what the people want and they wan't iCarly! iCarly is WAAAAAAAAAAAY better than Wizards of Waverly Place. Wizards of Waverly Place isn't even funny. iCarly is actually funny and their stars aren't fake, like the one's of Disney, that don't deserve to be stars. Disney, stop copying iCarly and Nickelodeon, and come up with something original.

  32. 32

    Re: mp23 – Dude iCarly is amazing! it's hilarious and everybody loves it. It's so random, teaches lesson, and it's WAAAY better than anything that ugly talentless girl Selena could ever pull off. Miranda blows Selena and Disney off their feet! Selena, you can't sing hunny. Don't try, you are humiliating yourself! Hahahaha. Go iCarly, Miranda, and Nickelodeon! (:

  33. 33

    Thas not fair to Miley, she is orth mote than that. I think is too nice for her to make another season of Hannah Montana just because she wants a better end to the show not only for the money!! Disney is evil!!!

  34. 34

    How can Miley Cyrus be making that little. considering how successful she and the show are? That must be a mistake unless she is getting major back-end money from advertising and DVD sales.

  35. 35

    Re: xoxKristen – I know!! Tath is just stupid!

  36. 36

    iCarly is just lame!!

  37. 37

    Save your money bitches, You'll need it when your career goes south and have to pay for rehab!!! LOL

  38. 38

    I love icarly!!!

  39. 39

    Why are there so many Miranda Cosgrove haters?! iCarly is actually pretty funny (and I'm normally pretty critical). I sense some jealousy here…just saying.

  40. 40

    Re: SeeMe – pretty sure angus jones gets thats much bc hes on a very popular show..nothin to do with an agent

  41. 41

    glad to see Angus is raking in the cash and he doesnt have to sing and dance around like a homo (er like…Zac Efron)

    Miranda looks semi-retarded….she's boring and whiny….

  42. 42

    YOU should be so lucky. They have shorter hours and if they put it in the trust when they grow up ugly they'll have money.

  43. 43

    Love Love LOVE Miranda! congrats!

  44. 44

    Re: EyelineredHeart – disagree!

  45. 45

    I like a few shows on Disney but iCarly is orders of magnitude better than anything on that network. I'm not one to pick a "team" or one side or the other. I like both, but there is no doubt that iCarly is something special. It's funny, adorable, and the characters are very likable. Also, it always has elements in it that adults can find amusing as well. iCarly = best kids/teens/adult show on TV!

  46. 46

    Re: MayLyn9 – not anywhere as lame (or nasty) as your profile pic

  47. 47

    Wow, lucky kids.

  48. 48

    Re: SirTommyChadwick – I love skins best show ever!!! but maybe your are right I shouldn´t even be here I´m 18 so maybe that what I think iCarly is lame I like Hannah cause I really enjoy the show with my niece! and I love Miley Cyrus but I know hannah is not that good! but ICarly is way worse I like Sam tho they should make a show called ISam n.n

  49. 49

    find it very hard to believe that Miley earned 'only' $15,000
    i say only because this is showbiz!

    she's Disney's biggest cashflow…she would get far more than that!

  50. 50

    Re: AliciaMay – Hahahahahaaa, nice observation. They do look exactly the same.

  51. 51

    Re: iluvrob89 – Miley is not worth over 500 million, the Hannah Montana brand is..

  52. 52


  53. 53

    Wow..crazy how Disney gets away with paying such low salaries…especially since Disney rakes in the cash with products, movies, DVD, CD's, from these shows…… $10-12K per episode? by the time the agent, stylist, PR rep, managers get paid…what's left….about $3K per episode….

  54. 54

    my thoughts…. 1) hope they have good parents……………..2) we already know a few don't soooo 3) i hope they don't end up like well pick a Corey both outcomes not good !!

  55. 55

    No wonder these kids all do albums and movies on the side. They have to in order to make any money!!

  56. 56

    I make $30,000 a year, and even Atticus Shaffer is making more than $100,000 a year with a 40% take… so no, I don't feel bad for these kids… AT ALL.

  57. 57

    But iCarly is GASH!

  58. 58

    Re: MayLyn9 – your fucking lame maylyn u ugly whore. u love that stupid whore miley cyrus

  59. 59

    Re: 1MirandaCosgroveFan – you are so retarded. selena is way prettier than ugly ass miranda cosgrove

  60. 60

    i honestly doubt miley only makes $15,000 per episode. i mean seriously. hannah montana has been on air for around 5 years now, she's disney's biggest cashmaker. without miley, disney really wouldn't be anything. selena gomez can't even come anywhere close to miley. there's no comparison & there's no way in hell that selena makes more than miley. miley is so much more talented and popular.
    i just don't think you got your facts right.
    and why the hell is miranda cosgrove making more than miley, demi & selena put together? she can't act or sing. wow, fail. SMH.