‘NCIS’: How Much Does Mark Harmon Make Per Episode on the Show?

by Emily Morgan
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For over 18 years, Mark Harmon has been gracing our screen as crime-solving boss Leroy Gibbs on the long-running crime drama “NCIS.” Known as the show’s main character and arguably the most well-known actor from the “NCIS” franchise, it begs us to wonder how much he makes playing Gibbs.

Since the CBS drama began in 2003, Harmon has appeared in 18 seasons of the crime procedural. Since then, his fans have fallen in love with his character as the leader of the team. Additionally, Harmon is one of the few original cast members still on the show. He’s also starred in the most episodes out of all of his co-stars.

So how much bacon is Harmon bringing home?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the network pays Harmon $525,000 per episode. As a result, he makes about $12.6 million in a usual 24-episode season. Of course, there have been fewer episodes per season in recent years so Harmon would have received less. Per the website, Harmon will also be paid for his producer credits and syndication royalties for the show.

Mark Harmon’s Net Worth

As a result, Harmon is one of the highest-paid actors on television. In 2018, Forbes released a list of those making top-tier salaries on TV. The outlet looked at the period between June 2017 and June 2018, using Nielsen, Box Office Mojo, IMDB and interviews with industry insiders to get their results.

After examining, they found that Harmon came in at number five with an estimated $19 million earned per year. Harmon was beaten by the four actors in “The Big Bang Theory”: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar.

Additionally, no other stars from “NCIS” got a place on the top 10 list. Other actors to appear were actors from “Modern Family” and “The Walking Dead.”

After the study, people suggest that Harmon’s net worth is around $100 million— making him the actor with the highest net worth in the “NCIS” universe.

When Michael Weatherly still played “NCIS” as Tony DiNozzo, the show paid him less than Harmon. According to Cheatsheet, he made around $250,000 per episode for his role.

Harmon’s current co-star, Wilmer Valderrama, currently earns about $100,00 for each episode of “NCIS.” Moreso, while it is not known what she earns, former “NCIS” actress Emily Wickersham is thought to have a net worth of around $6 million.