Highest paid drama stars

Woohoo! I wonder how much these Korean actors and actresses pay for their taxes. Ordinary salaried workers pay about 3.3% for their income tax. And my husband said that more than 60% of Korean salaried workers earn less than 20 million won a year (and could only afford penny stocks for investments)! Here are the top 7 Korean drama stars and their income (per episode):

No. 7 Go Hyun Jung (or Go Hyeon Jeong) – 35 million won for her drama “Hit” which replaced “Jumong” last year
No. 6 Choi Ji Woo (last name pronounced as “chae”) – 40 million won for “Air City”
No. 5 Lee Jung Jae (or Lee Jeong Jae) – 45 million won for “Air City”
No. 4 Park Shin Yang – 50 million won for “War of Money”
No. 3 Song Seung Hun (or Song Seung Heon) – 70 million won for “East of Eden” (TBS June 2008)
No. 2 Kwon Sang Woo – 100 million won for “Bad Love”
No. 1 Bae Yong Joon (or Bae Yong Jun) – 200 million won for “The Legend”


  1. Those are depressing numbers (about Korean salaried workers, not the stars). I have to say, it’s sometimes scary how the gap between high salary workers and low salary workers is growing.

  2. do they really even deserve that much? i know they work long hours but so do the rest of the cast & crew. there should be a way to cap how much celebs get paid per ep cause its scary they are rolling in a fortune & other people are struggling. also just cause the celebrities are famous, they don’t really guarantee a drama’s success in ratings, like Bad Love.

  3. among the names on the lis, the investors of legend got their money back and i think that up to this time the drama is still earning. having byj is worth every penny that the investors invested. i read somewhere that byj is not paid on a per episode basis. he invested what his supposed salary in this drama and he’s already earning too. it was a big gamble on his part bec if the drama was not a hit he will not have even a single penny for the drama.

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