Are Soap Opera Stars Rich? Find out How Much They Make


An actor’s unique career move is to get a job on a soap opera. For some, it may usher in monotony and a commitment to one character that’s unusual in the acting world. Others may find it offers the stability of a 9-5 job, but in the field that they love. (As long as their character doesn’t get magically hit by a bus or contract a rare disease, of course.) How much do soap opera actors actually make?

The Average Salary For Daytime Soap Opera Stars Isn’t That Much

The average episode’s pay for main actors is $1000. This sounds like a good salary, but supporting actors may only make $200 per episode. Along with fairly low pay, newbies or folks filling small roles actually don’t have as much job security as one might think. These cast members are considered easily replaceable until their character is established or they’re well-known and liked. It can take a long time of working toward this goal before it’s achieved, and there’s always a risk it won’t ever come.

There aren’t pay rules that apply to all soap operas, and there’s never a guarantee that scoring a part on an episode will turn into a stable, recurring role. It is worth the effort for the few lucky soap stars who are able to make it to the top. Stars who have established themselves in the daytime TV industry can make as much as $5,000 per episode and there is little chance of them being fired.

It’s not easy to be a soap opera actor or actor in general. Luckily, there are unions like the Screen Actors’ Guild that can help ensure that shows aren’t taking advantage of their cast members. To keep everyone happy, contracts are in place. The contracts are usually renewed every 13 weeks. Recurring cast members sign up for one to three year contracts. However, they have the right to cancel at any time. A 13-week grace period is required before the contract is terminated.. When actors’ contracts are up, it’s a great time to renegotiate and see if they can re-sign and start making those bigger bucks. ​​With things changing so frequently and so much being up in the air, it’s no wonder that contract signing can get volatile.

The Stars of the Richest Soap Opera

How much have soap stars that we love and know made? And, who are the stars that are so well-known and loved that they’re making serious money? Let’s get into it.

Mark Goddard

After a long career in acting, Mark Goddard was cast as Derek Barrington. General HospitalFrom October 1984 to June 1986 His net worth is estimated at $3 million

Mishael Morgan

Mishael Morgan was the actress who played both Hilary Curtis and Amanda Sinclair in The Young and the Restless, a CBS Daytime soap opera. From May 2013 to July 2018, she played Hilary Curtis, earning her two consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations. Then, she was back on the show in September 2019 to play Amanda Sinclair (a lawyer).  Her net worth It is estimated that it will cost $3 million.

Dorothy Lyman

From 1991 to 1992 Dorothy Lyman played Bonnie Roberts. The Bold and the Beautiful She was then invited to join the cast All My ChildrenAs Opal Sue Gardner. For her role in Outstanding Actress as a Supporting Actress in Daytime Drama Series, 1982 and Outstanding Actress for Daytime Drama Series, 1983, she received two Emmy Awards. Her net worth is $6 million.

Kirsten Storms

Kirsten Storms played Belle Black on Days of Our LivesFor five years prior to joining General HospitalIn 2005, Maxie Jones was Maxie. Her character is still going strong, and she’s estimated to be making $3k-$5k per episode. Her net worth is estimated at $6 million

Stephen Nichols

Stephen Nichols has a long history in soap operas. He’s played the role of Steve Johnson on NBC’s Days of Our LivesSince 1985, he has been on-and-off. From 1996 to 2003,  he played Stefan Cassadine on ABC’s General Hospital. He joined the ABC’s General Hospital in 2003. The Young and the RestlessFrom 2009 to 2013, Tucker McCall. His net worth is $8 Million

Jack Wagner

Jack Wagner is a soap-opera star. He was Dr. Peter Burns’s character on Melrose PlaceFrom 1994 to 1999. After that, he served a lengthy stint as an intern. The Bold and the BeautifulFrom 2003 to 2010, as Dominick Marone or Dominick Penny. His most prominent role was that of Frisco Jones General HospitalFrom 1983 to 2013. From 1983 to 2013. His small screen has given him a net worth $9.8 million.

Eric Braeden

Eric Braeden is best known for his role in Victor Newman’s business magnate role. The Young and the Restless.It was originally a 26-week role. But the character became so beloved that Victor Newman served Braeden for over 40 years. That’s a long stint in one place for any career, but especially an actor. He received the Daytime Emmy Award as Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1998. Braeden’s net worth is estimated at $25 million.

Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci’s name is synonymous with soap operas, even being called “Daytime’s Leading Lady”By TV Guide. Lucci portrayed Erica Kane on All My ChildrenFor its entire length, from 1970 to 2011. Its entire duration, from 1970 to 2011. The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesReports have her as the highest-paid actress in daytime television. She In 1991, he was reported to have earned more than $1 million per year. Lucci was nominated 21 more times for the Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Lead Actress for a Drama Series. Her win in 1999 was her first. Susan Lucci’s An estimated net worth of $80 Million is.

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