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Jussie Smollett: Actor’s ‘Empire’ Salary Compared to Co-stars

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "Empire" With Jussie Smollett
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 14: Jussie Smollett attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: “Empire” at The Robin Williams Center on November 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

*Ever since Chicago police said Thursday that actor Jussie Smollett staged his attack because he was “dissatisfied” with his “Empire” salary, inquiring minds have been dying to know his net worth and exactly how much he earns per episode.

While Smollett’s current “Empire” salary is unknown, Variety reported that he was making significantly less than his co-stars during the show’s second season. At that time it was reported that Jussie earned around $20,000, while co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson bagged around $175,000 per episode.

However, after five hit seasons, salaries are expected to have risen and Jussie’s earnings were reported to be in line with his co-stars Trai Byers and Bryshere Y. Gray, who play his brothers on the series.

According to data from GoBankingRates.com, Smollett’s overall net worth is less than some of “Empire” cast members.

Below is a breakdown of what they make via Fox Business:

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S NET WORTH: $1,000,000

Besides “Empire,” Smollett’s credits include “The Mighty Ducks,” “North,” “The Skinny” and “Alien: Covenant.”

Taraji P. Henson
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 07: Actress Taraji P. Henson arrives at the Washington DC special screening of Paramount Pictures’ film ‘What Men Want’ at the Regal Gallery Place on February 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images

TARAJI HENSON’S NET WORTH: $16 MILLION

Henson’s TV and film credits include “Person of Interest,” “Hustle & Flow,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she received an Oscar nomination. Her role as Cookie Lyon on “Empire” has also earned her two Emmy nominations in 2015 and 2016.

 Terrence Howard
EMPIRE: Terrence Howard in the “Master of What is Mine Own” episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Nov. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

TERRENCE HOWARDS’ NET WORTH: $5 MILLION

According to Variety, Howard reportedly makes more than $125,000 per episode as a lead in “Empire.” 

GABOUREY SIDIBE
Gabourey Sidibe at Film Independent’s Screening of “Precious” held at The Pacific Design Center on October 28, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)

GABOUREY SIDIBE’S NET WORTH: $6 MILLION 

Sidibe rose to fame from her breakout role “Precious,” which made over four times its $10 million budget following its release, according to Box Office Mojo figures.

Bryshere Y. Gray
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 24: Bryshere Y. Gray attends the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

BRYSHERE GRAY’S NET WORTH: $2 MILLION

Trai Byers
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14: Trai Byers attends 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

TRAI BYERS’ NET WORTH: $1.5 MILLION

Grace Gealey
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Actress Grace Gealey attends the 2019 FOX Winter TCA Tour at The Fig House on February 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

GRACE GEALEY’S NET WORTH: $2 MILLION 

 Lee Daniels
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 03: Lee Daniels attends the 2018 Steinberg Playwright Awards at Lincoln Center Theater on December 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Steinberg Playwright Awards)

DIRECTOR LEE DANIELS’ NET WORTH: $20 MILLION 

Danny Strong
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Actor Danny Strong attends the 2019 FOX Winter TCA Tour at The Fig House on February 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

CO-CREATOR DANNY STRONG’S NET WORTH: $5 MILLION 

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