“Two and a Half Men’s” Angus T. Jones, 16, who plays Charlie Sheen’s nephew, has inked a $300,000-per-episode contract, according to TMZ, who examined court papers filed on his behalf in Los Angeles Superior Court as he’s a minor.
This makes Jones — who will earn, at a minimum, $7.8 million over the next two seasons plus a $500,000 signing bonus — the highest-paid child TV star.
He may even bank more this year. CBS has guaranteed 48 episodes over the next two seasons, TMZ points out, meaning Angus could make $14.4 million, plus a $500,000 signing bonus.
(By comparison, Sheen is expected to make about $98 million, including signing bonus, over the next two seasons. RELATED: How much adult sitcom stars earn.)
Jones was paid $250,000 per episode under his last contract, which, according to casting agents, talent agents and TV execs interviewed by the New York Post, still had him making more than most other child stars. [RELATED: More TV stars who got a big salary bump this year. ]
Other kids who earn big: Miranda Cosgrove, who makes $180,000 per episode of her Nickelodeon hit, “iCarly,” Selena Gomez, with $25,000 per episode of her Disney Channel show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and Dylan and Cole Sprouse, who reportedly earn $20,000 per episode of Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life.”
Miley Cyrus earned $15,000 per episode of “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel, according to the Post. But Parade magazine reports she made $18.2 million in 2008 thanks to sold-out concerts and merchandising deals. People says she was slated to sell $1 billion in Hannah-related merchandise.