Korea is an enormous industry when it comes to television shows and films or dramas. Extraordinarily skilled Korean entertainers, and furthermore Korean on-screen characters, have bolstered media outlets in the country. With the Korean entertainment experiencing explosive popularity around the world, it’s only fair that their talented actors are paid a mind blowing salary to show up on set. Here is the list of the ‘highest paid’ on-screen actors in 2021…
1. Kim Soo Hyun:
Hallyu star Kim Soo Hyun is the most popular actor within the highest-paid record right now. He established himself as a popular actor with the television dramas and movies like Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, Secretly, Greatly and so on. Kim became a top star as he gained further success with the fantasy rom-com My Love from the star, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. He is now set to star in the thriller drama One Ordinary Day this year. Kim was included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list at 4th in 2013, 2nd in 2015 and 5th in 2016. He charges $440000 per episode which makes him the highest paid actor of Korea. This rich actor’s net worth is 117 million USD!
2. Hyun Bin:
Hyun Bin’s extraordinary looks and talent took him on the highest pillar of success. This 38 year old actor is beloved by everyone. He did not only gain popularity in the Asia but also all over the world which made him one of the top stars of South Korea. He has appeared in leading roles in successful television shows like Secret Garden, Memories of the Alhambra, The Swindlers, Confidential assignment and Crash Landing on You. He earns 130 million Korean won or 113000 USD per episode!
3. Lee Min Ho:
Lee Min Ho is one of the most popular figures of Asia. He is loved by everyone and has the highest followers in Instagram among the South Korean actors. Our beloved oppa has gained international recognition which made him one of the top stars of Asia. Lee Min Ho even has a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. He demands 84000 USD per any drama episode.
4. So Ji Sub:
So Ji-sub is an acclaimed Korean performing actor. After making his entertainment debut as a jeans model, he became known for his leading roles in the television series What Happened in Bali, I’m Sorry, I Love You, Cain and Abel, Phantom, Master’s Sun and Oh My Venus. He is also popular in China and Japan for doing manga, series and movies! He charges 90000 USD per episode.
5. Jo In Sung:
He is a South Korean actor who has played leading roles in various popular Television series and movies like A Frozen Flower, That Winter the Wind Blows, What Happened in Bali, It’s Okay It’s Love and so on. Jo In Sung won the best actor award 23rd KCA Consumer Day Awards for the drama The Great Battle. He is a demanded actor and he earns approximately 89000 USD dollars per episode.
6. Ji Chang Wook:
Heartthrob actor Ji Chang Wook has become popular within a very short period of time. With his young age he has earned his place in one of the highest paid actors in Korea. Ji Chang Wook has been popular since his roles in Empress Ki, Healer and The K2 and his recent Netflix drama Lovestruck in the city. He is paid 67,000 USD per episodes.
7. Yoo An In:
Yoo An In is popularly known for his roles in coming-of-age film Punch, melodrama Secret Affair ,action blockbuster Veteran, period drama The Throne ,historical television series Six Flying Dragons , psychological thriller mystery drama Burning, and zombie film Alive. He’s a creative director and also a gallerist. He is known for playing a diverse spectrum of roles in both television and film, where he often portrays dynamic characters who exhibit significant personal growth. This talented actor earns 58000 USD dollars per episode.
8. Song Joong Ki:
Song Joong Ki is known for his roles in the television series The Innocent Man, Descendants of the Sun, Arthdal Chronicles, and Vincenzo, as well as the hit films A Werewolf Boy, The Battleship Island and Space Sweepers. He gained popularity with the drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. He was included in the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013 and subsequently made his ranking in the list throughout the years. The success of his works internationally established him as one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea. He is paid 70000 USD per episode.
9. Lee Jong Suk:
Lee Jong Suk first debuted in 2005 as a runway model, becoming the youngest male model ever to participate in Seoul Fashion Week. Lee’s breakout role was in School 2013 .He is also well known for his roles in I Can Hear Your Voice, Doctor Stranger, Pinocchio, W:Two Worlds,While You Were Sleeping, and Romance Is a Bonus Book. He has gained popularity among the youngsters within a short time for being extremely handsome and talented. Jong Suk earns 58000 USD per episode.
10. Lee Seung Gi:
Lee Seung Gi is a Korean actor as well as a singer, host, entertainer and CEO. He has gained fame with his many hit songs. He gained recognition as an actor with leading roles in popular dramas such as My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho, The King 2 Hearts, You’re All Surrounded, A Korean Odyssey, Vagabond and so on. Lee Seung Gi’s success as a singer, actor and host earned him the title “Triple Threat” entertainer! He earns 59,000 USD per episode.