On September 22, 1994, the NBC sitcom made its debut. Recall that incident? The gang is hanging out at Central Perk when Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel frantically enters the coffee shop in her wedding gown, having just left her fiancé Barry at the altar. She moved into Monica’s apartment after being friends with her in high school, and the rest is history, as they say.
But exactly how much did the cast of Friends make from the iconic show? What was the cast’s annual wage from the first season until the last episode and even now?
Before They Were Friends
Before being chosen to play Ross Geller on Friends, David Schwimmer appeared in a variety of TV movies and TV shows as a guest star, including a recurrent part on NYPD Blue.
In the second season, each cast member was bumped to $40,000 per episode. $960,000 is the total for the second season.
Ahead of the third season, when their original contracts were set to expire, the cast banded together to negotiate as a group. This negotiation strategy had never before been employed by a cast.
In the end, they came to an agreement where each episode would be paid $75,000 ($1.875 million for the season), $85,000 ($2.04 million), $100,000 ($2.5 million), and $125,000 ($3.125 million) in the following seasons: ($5 million for season 5 and $1.25 million for season 6).
$1 Million Per Episode
Each cast member made $1 million per episode for seasons 9 and 10. That worked out to $24 million for season 9 and $18 million for season 10.
Total Earnings & Ongoing Royalties
The cast was able to seek backside points on the program during contract negotiations in 2000, giving them the opportunity to receive royalties from the program’s sale into syndication.
According to reports, each cast member still receives $10–20 million in royalties from the program.
Jennifer Aniston has a $300 million net worth.
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