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From $47 Million a Year to a Paltry $18,000 Per Episode—See What TV's Top Stars Are Earning!

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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 6:38 p.m. ET

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Do your favorite stars rank among the highest paid on TV today?

TV Guide Magazine has come out with its annual survey of salaries and there are some old favorites (Judge Judy, anyone?) as well as some young up-and-comers (including a certain reality star). Click through the gallery for a sampling of what it pays these days to be famous.

Who do you think does and doesn't deserve to be making so much money? Follow me on twitter for more celebrity and TV news, and then share your opinions in the comments section or tweet us @OKMagazine.

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Judge Judy Sheindlinf

Judge Judy
Source: Getty

The verdict is in: Judge Judy Sheindlin is one really rich lady! According to TV Guide, the tough talking arbiter of justice rakes in a eye-popping $47,000,000 a year thanks to syndication deals for her popular courtroom show.

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart
Source: Comedy Central

Who says politics doesn't pay? Jon Stewart now earns $25-30 million as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.

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Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer
Source: NBC

Matt Lauer may have fallen out of favor lately, but the "Today" host's bank account doesn't reflect tough times! He is still snagging somewhere between $22-$25 million from NBC.

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Jay Leno

Jay Leno
Source: NBC

There's nothing funny about Jay Leno's serious salary—he gets around $20 million to tell jokes and hobnob with celebrities on "The Tonight Show."

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David Letterman

David Letterman
Source: CBS

It seems $20 million is the going rate for top talk show talent! David Letterman pulls in the same yearly salary for his work on the "Late Show."

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Howard Stern

Howard Stern
Source: NBC

A filthy mouth can get you far! Too bad Howard Stern has to clean up his act on "America's Got Talent" (though for $15 million a year it's probably not a problem).

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Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel
Source: ABC

Jimmy Kimmel has ten million reasons to work extra hard each night as the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live"—the show he created in 2003.

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Katie Couric

Katie Couric

For $10 million a year, it's probably not too annoying to forever be referred to as "America's Sweetheart."

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Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
Source: MSNBC

It pays to be the best! Rachel Maddow earns a reported $7 million for her top-rated MSNBC primetime program "The Rachel Maddow Show."

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Keith Urban

Keith Urban
Source: Fox

Don't judge! "American Idol" star Keith Urban is earning $5 million a year to critique kids hoping to make it in entertainment.

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Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton
Source: NBC

Blake Shelton is singing all the way to the bank—to the tune of $4 million per cycle as mentor on "The Voice."

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Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher
Source: CBS

Ashton Kutcher is earning $750,000 for each and every episode of "Two and a Half Men." That could really buy a lot of tiger blood!

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Claire Danes

Claire Danes
Source: Showtime

Talk about Homeland Security! Claire Danes is financially very safe with her $250,000 payday for each episode she completes of her Showtime hit, "Homeland."

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RuPaul

RuPaul
Source: Logo

RuPaul's got She Mail! And it's a $50,000 check for each episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race" he shoots for the Logo network.

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Reza Farahan

Reza Farahan
Source: Bravo

Reza Farahan's "Shahs of Sunset" earnings of $18,000 an episode doesn't seem like a ton, but it's certainly nothing to sneeze at!

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