Top 10 Richest Korean Actresses
Get to know Korea’s most bankable stars!
Millions of pesos for a single episode—that’s how much the top-paid Korean actresses make while filming series, making them some of the richest Korean celebrities there are!
Their popularity within South Korea and in international markets coupled with the growing interest in K-Dramas has certainly translated to impressive earnings, and to show which stars enjoy the biggest paychecks of them all, we ranked The Top 10 richest Korean actresses of 2020, so far.
Check them out below to see which of your favorite actress made it to the list!
10 | Park Shin-Hye
Park Shin-Hye makes it to the 10th spot with approximately $17,000 an episode. Her career began in 2003. She has since become one of the most sought after Korean actresses with K-Dramas like “Prince Hours,” “You’re Beautiful,” “Heartstrings,” “The Heirs,” “Pinocchio,” “The Doctors,” and most recently, “Memories of the Alhambra.” She will star in an upcoming K-Drama called “Sisyphus: The Myth.” Her most recent K-Dramas to see are “Memories of the Alhambra” and the upcoming “Sisyphus: The Myth.” Recently, she also starred in a zombie film titled #Alive which, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, managed to surpass 1 million moviegoers within five days since it was released.
9 | Park Bo-young
The “Oh My Ghost” and “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” star earns about $25,000 on every episode of her K-Dramas. As of this year, her latest projects include the 2018 film “On Your Wedding Day” and 2019 K-Drama “Abyss.”
8 | Shin Min-a
Shin Min-a is tied with Park Bo-young with their $25,000 earnings per episode. And with nine K-Drama titles and about 15 films under her belt, Shin Min-a has definitely enjoyed more than a few hefty paychecks! Some of her most notable small screen projects include “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho,” “Arang and the Magistrate,” “Oh My Venus,” “Tomorrow, With You,” and “Chief of Staff.”
7 | Gong Hyo-jin
Gong Hyo-jin reportedly rakes in $33,400 an episode. The unconventional actress’ filmography is filled with hit title after hit title and brimming with independent gems, so feel free to take your pick if you have yet to watch her work. The multi-awarded “When the Camellia Blooms” is her most recent project that’s certainly worth watching. She’s also popular for K-Dramas like “Don’t Dare to Dream,” “The Producers,” “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” “Master’s Sun,” and “The Greatest Love.”
6 | Kim Tae-hee
Kim Tae-hee surpasses her contemporaries at $34,000. The “Hi Bye, Mama!” star hasn’t only enjoyed commercial success, but critical acclaim too, a combination which has made her a top choice for directors, producers, and audiences. A few of her must-see K-Dramas are “Stairway to Heaven,” “Iris,” and “Yong Pal.”
5 | Song Hye-Kyo
It’s a per-episode paycheck amounting to $42,000 for Song Hye-Kyo, star of K-Drama fanatic favorite “Descendants of the Sun.” Amazingly, she has maintained her status as one of Korea’s most popular actresses despite an absence from the small screen from 2004-2008, and again from 2008-2013. Her biggest career comeback was “That Winter, the Wind Blows,” a series that reached the number one spot in terms of viewership at its peak. Song Hye-Kyo also starred in iconic K-Dramas like “Autumn in My Heart” and “Full House.” Her latest K-Drama is 2018’s “Encounter.”
4 | Choi Ji-woo
Melodramas are the specialty of this actress that brings home $42,000. Considered one of Korea’s most beautiful women that have ever graced both big and small screens, it comes to no surprise that some of the most popular titles of the K-Drama world are those she’s starred in. You’ll love her performances in “Winter Sonata,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Temptation,” and “The Most Beautiful Goodbye.”
3 | Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji Won has definitely won with $42,000 in the bank for each episode she films. Why she’s paid so highly is simple; she’s versatile and adaptable, having easily played lead roles for dramas, comedies, period pieces, action series, and everything in between. A K-Drama starter pack for Ha Ji-won must include “Something Happened in Bali,” “Secret Garden,” “The King 2 Hearts,” and “Empress Ki.” Her most recent K-Drama is “Chocolate.”
2 | Lee Young-ae
It’s a matter of quality over quantity for veteran actress Lee Young-ae who earns a massive $83,000 for her K-Dramas per episode. With a career that began in the early 90s, she actually has a rather lean filmography, but many of the projects she’s starred in have garnered her critical acclaim and a variety of awards. She’s most recognized for her role as Seo Jang-geum in the hit series “Jewel in the Palace” back in 2003. Then it wasn’t until 2017 when she returned to the small screen with the series “Saimdang, Memoir of Colors.”
1 | Jun Ji-Hyun
And finally, at the top spot is Jun Ji-Hyun whom fans will recognize from the well-loved K-Drama “My Love from the Star.” She makes about $84,000, a premium she’s earned from being one of Korea’s top female endorsers and box office draws. She actually has more film credits to her name than K-Dramas. Her must-check out film has got to be “My Sassy Girl,” while the K-Drama “Legend of the Blue Sea” is a certified fan favorite. She recently had a cameo in the second season of “Kingdom 2,” and there are talks about her starring in the period zombie series’ third season. Jun Ji-Hyun is also reported to return to the small screen with the series “Mount Jiri.”