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One of the Highest Paid Women in TV Earns What?

Rena Schild /
Posted: April 21, 2014 at 5:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Detective Olivia Benson of Law and Order SVU is one of TV’s favorite police officers. The now sergeant is portrayed by Mariska Hargitay for a hefty $500,000 per episode (or about 11 million dollars a year).

Hargitay is brilliant in the role and definitely living The Life Elite. She earns about five times the yearly salary of a real NYPD detective. However, Hargitay is no stranger to living the elite life. The actress and former Miss Beverly Hills was born in Santa Monica, California to famous parents. Her mother is Jayne Mansfield (1950s actress) and her father is Mickey Hargitay (actor and Mr. Universe 1955).

She’s not just living the elite life though; she’s also helping others. Hargitay is the founder and president of Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim their lives. Her role as Detective Benson opened her to the harsh realities of sexual assault, prompting her philanthropic venture.

Although Law and Order SVU has been a long-running success on TV, it's still shocking to hear what the lead actress makes. Learn what one of the highest paid women on television (Mariska Hargitay) earns for every episode!