‘Yellowstone’ TV: Which Dutton Family Actor Makes the Most for the Paramount Hit Series?

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” is an expensive series to film. CinemaBlend estimates it costs somewhere around $35 million per season. And that’s not including the salaries for cast members.

So how much do the actors make per episode? And who makes the most?

Kevin Costner Leads the ‘Yellowstone’ Pack

Kevin Costner, who plays family patriarch John Dutton, is the highest-paid member of the Dutton clan on “Yellowstone.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Costner makes $500,000 per episode to portray John Dutton. It was reportedly the price he quoted the Paramount Network to take the role.

In an interview with THR, Paramount Network chief Kevin Kay made no apologies for Costner’s lavish salary.

“The statement we wanted to make was that we’re open for business and we’re willing to pay top-tier actors whatever their quotes are,” he said. “It sends a message and that’s what we want to do.”

The rest of the cast makes starting from $200,000 per episode on down, CinemaBlend estimates.

A Down-to-Earth Multimillionaire

Costner enjoys an estimated net worth of $250 million. He owns properties in Aspen, Colorado and Carpinteria, California.  

In spite of his high salary and even steeper net worth, the actor retains a down-to-earth attitude about some things in life. His wardrobe, for example. According to Rolling Stone, more often than not, he’s rocking a sweater, Levi’s and cowboy boots.

“They’re kind of my own uniform, if you will,” Costner said. “And the boots, they’re from ‘Yellowstone.’ I’m thinking, ‘When I wear them in the show, they feel pretty good, and I normally wear boots, so, well, I’ll just continue to wear these.’” 

“There’s certain things that I don’t think too much about — when it comes to clothes, I don’t even know what to do except how to wear them,” he added. “And there’s other things that I can’t stop thinking about, because I don’t like to go through life unthinking, if you will.” 

But Costner has received more than a pair of boots and a lot of money from his role on “Yellowstone.” He has gained a deeper understanding of what drives John Dutton and men like him. 

“I think if John Dutton could close his eyes and he could wipe away all the mistakes, he would be just as happy to be on that ranch, moving cattle pasture to pasture,” Costner said in a Paramount Network video clip. “Dealing with legitimate problems of a fence needs to be fixed. It’s enough for him. It’s always been enough for him. But the world’s more complicated, and Yellowstone is complicated.”

And, his many millions aside, Costner claims all he really wants in life is pretty simple.

“And that’s all I want in life,” he told Rolling Stone. “A high understanding of why somebody does what they do.”