The Highest-Paid Child Actors in Hollywood
Wed, April 21, 2021

The Highest-Paid Child Actors in Hollywood

Keke Palmer filled up her bank account at a young age while working on “True Jackson, VP,” earning some $20,000 per episode. / Photo by: Gage Skidmore via Flickr


The Hollywood’s richest sometimes strike gold with their careers at a very young age before becoming millionaires as they grow up. Whether it’s a movie or a show that suddenly became a smash-hit, the talent and skill these youngsters exhibit are undeniable, which puts them on the path to becoming some of the richest celebs in Hollywood. 

In this list, we look at child actors who definitely raked in the dough. 

Macaulay Culkin 

Earnings: $1 million on “My Girl”

Now that he’s back in the limelight after years of being out of it, Macaulay Culkin is as lovable now as he was when he was 10 and doing the “Home Alone” movies. What made him the most money, though, was his work in “My Girl,” a 1991 film he did with Anna Chlumsky. According to entertainment news website Zimbio, Culkin brought home a $1 million paycheck for his role there as Thomas J. 

Dylan and Cole Sprouse

Earnings: $20,000 per episode of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”

Though only one of the brothers stayed in the limelight (Cole Sprouse), these brothers are still very close to many people’s hearts, especially since many fans essentially followed them grow up on “The Suite Life.” So it’s unsurprising that it’s also in The Suite Life that they got most of their childhood income. 

According to Fame 10, they joined The Suite Life at 13 when they got cast for the lead role of Zack and Cody, and were able to make $20,000 every episode. Before that, they were also already making money, with Cole Sprouse getting the role of Ben Geller, Ross’ son, in “Friends.”

Jaden Smith

Earnings: $1 million on “Karate Kid” with an additional $2 million bonus

These days Jaden Smith would much rather spit bars and make beats and do everything he can to make the world a better place, but before he was able to do that, he was on the grind like many other child actors in this list. Everyone knows him to as Will Smith’s son, who starred in Will’s “Pursuit of Happyness,” but his big break would come much later when he starred in the 2010 Karate Kid remake opposite the one and only Jackie Chan. 

It was in that movie that he made about $3 million in total — a solid million when it came out and another $2 million when the movie proved to be really popular. 

Keke Palmer

Earnings: $20,000 per episode of “True Jackson, VP”

Keke Palmer filled up her bank account at a young age while working on “True Jackson, VP,” earning some $20,000 per episode. She did take a break from her work after finishing it and got into music, and was still all set when it was finally time to come back. 

According to Fame 10, her focusing on music has not hindered her from continuing to fly to the top, her further acting experience gaining her an 8 million-dollar life now. 

Selena Gomez

Earnings: $25,000 per episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place”

Now a very popular artist, Selena Gomez’s beginning at Disney was also quite stellar where she would gather $25,000 per episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” It seems that her starring in the series has also reached the kind of popularity where other sources report that she actually got some $30,000 per episode instead, according to business news website Business Insider. 


Selena Gomez’s beginning at Disney was quite stellar where she would gather $25,000 per episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” / Photo by: buzzfuss via 123rf


Ariel Winter

Earnings: $100,000 per episode of “Modern Family” 

Playing Alex Dunphy in the hit show, it’s revealed that Winter makes upwards of $100,000 per episode of the hilarious series. Winter is also praised for her neutral and yet dewy make-up looks by people from the beauty community as well. 

Victoria Justice

Earnings: $180,000 per episode of “Victorious” 

“Victorious” might have ended almost a decade ago, but Victoria Justice herself is still a rich kid in her own right. Fame 10 reports that she initially took on small roles on shows that were famous at the time such as Gilmore Girls and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody until she was taken under the wing of Nickelodeon and made to star in her own show “Victorious.” 

During its run, Justice made $180,000 per episode and is now currently worth $150 million all at age 25!

Miley Cyrus

Earnings: $15,000 per episode of “Hannah Montana”

Before growing up into the wonderful woman that she is now, a favorite in the limelight, Miley started off with an on-screen double life. When she played as Hannah Montana on the show with the same name, she reportedly netted $15,000 per episode, reports the Business Insider. Add the money she collected as a child star to the money she makes now from her music career, she is worth a total of $200 million.