‘Law & Order: SVU’: How Much Does Mariska Hargitay Make Per Episode?

by Jacklyn Krol

How much money does Mariska Hargitay make on Law & Order: SVU?

She has starred as detective Olivia Benson on the show since 1999. Over the years, she has seen her salary increase. She has starred in every season, which is on its 23rd season. It has been renewed through Season 24.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, she makes $500,000 per episode. A typical Law & Order: SVU season has 22 episodes, which means that she makes roughly $11 million per season.

Mariska Hargitay makes more money with bonuses and the show’s syndication. This means that she roughly makes between $13 and 15 million per season. This doesn’t include her recent guest appearances on Law & Order: Organized Crime. Forbes said that she is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.

The outlet also noted that Hargitay brought home $13 million for Season 19 in 2017. At the end of Meloni’s run on SVU, it was reported that the partners were making close to if not the same amount of money.

Overall, she has a net worth of $100 million, mostly earned from her time on Law & Order: SVU.

Mariska Hargitay gives back tremendously. She founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2014 and is also the president. The charity’s mission is to “transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.”

Mariska Hargitay’s Most Challenging ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season

Season 15 of the show was an emotional rollercoaster. It showed that even a “bad-ass, gun-wielding, fearless lioness” could get assaulted.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, hands down, acting-wise,” Mariska Hargitay told The Wrap.

“I love that it happened to me,” she admitted. “Violence happens to anybody. I wanted to show how horrible it is. There’s an archaic belief system about sexual violence — blame it on what she’s wearing, she was drunk, he was a nice guy, she’s a slut. A lot of things.

Hargitay revealed that she thought after Chris Meloni left, this would be her final season. She worked with the creators to figure out what they wanted as the conclusion for Olivia Benson. She stayed on the show because it challenged her deeply.

It does. It also means that Hargitay is finding new depth in a role that she’s done for longer than most shows are on in re-runs.

“I’m more on fire than I’ve ever been. I thought, ‘There’s more to mine here.’ So Warren [Leight, the show’s co- writer] knows I’ll go anywhere, and he’ll go anywhere. I’m still here because I’m happy,” she concluded.