Kim Soo Hyun beats Hyun Bin and Lee Min Ho to become the highest paid K drama actor of 2020?

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Kim Soo-hyun reportedly earns USD 165,000 per episode for It's Okay to Not Be Okay.
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Korean dramas have always been extremely popular and in the recent few years, the international love for these shows has multiplied into millions more. The best part about these K-dramas is that they don't limit themselves to one particular genre and rather focus on the complex storylines that cover different facets of human emotions. In 2020 alone, we've been blessed with some amazing shows like Crash Landing on You, Itaewon Class, When the Camellia Blooms and The World of the Married, just to name a few.

Moreover, it's the performances that truly draw us to the series, whether it been Lee Min-ho in The King: Eternal Monarch or even Kim Soo-hyun, in the recently, premiered It's Okay to Not Be Okay. In case you were curious like many to know just how much these actors make per episode, then we have you covered. As per a report by Kimchi Stories, via Koreaboo, the Highest Paid K-drama Actors of 2020 has been unveiled with Soo-hyun topping the list. Beating Lee Byung-hun's record of earning USD 125,000 per episode for Mr. Sunshine, the 32-year-old actor is reportedly getting USD 165,000 per episode. Since It's Okay to Not Be Okay has 16 episodes, this means that Soo-hyun's total earnings add up to an impressive USD 2.65 million.

Next up at #2, we have Hyun Bin, who managed to win us over yet again with his earnest act in Crash Landing on You. The 37-year-old actor reportedly earned USD 84,000 per episode and since CLOY had 16 episodes, his total earnings came up to USD 1.35 million. Coming in at #3, we have the talented So Ji-sub, who apparently makes USD 67,000 per episode. Since his drama, My Secret Terrius has 32 episodes, the 42-year-old actor's total earnings stand at USD 2.15 million approximately.

Then we have Jo In-sung at #4 and he reportedly makes USD 67,000 per episode. Since It's Okay, That's Love has 16 episodes, the 38-year-old's total earnings come up to USD 1.1 million. Min-ho rounds up the Top 5 at #5 as the handsome actor is said to earn USD 62,000 per episode. As The King: Eternal Monarch, which marked his first project post his military training, had 16 episodes, the 33-year-old actor's total earnings amount up to USD 990,000.

At #6, we have Lee Seung-gi, who is said to make USD 59,000 per episode. The 33-year-old actor's latest outing was Vagabond, which had 16 episodes and hence, his total earnings come up to USD 945,000. We then have Yoo Ah-in at #7 who reportedly earns USD 59,000 per episode. Since Chicago Typewriter has 16 episodes, the 33-year-old actor's total earnings are said to be up to USD 945,000.

Taking the #8 spot is the talented actor Song Joong-ki, who apparently earns USD 50,000 per episode. As Arthdal Chronicles has 18 episodes, the 34-year-old's total earnings are said to be USD 900,000 approximately. Lee Jong-suk is at #9 as he is said to earn USD 50,000 per episode. The 30-year-old's latest K-drama, Romance is a Bonus Book, had 16 episodes and hence his total earnings come up to USD 800,000.

Finally, rounding up the Top 10 is the recent birthday boy, Ji Chang-wook, who reportedly earns USD 50,000 per episode. The 33-year-old actor currently stars in Backstreet Rookie, which has 16 episodes. Therefore, his total earnings are up to USD 800,000.

Which K-drama actor's ranking on the list surprised you? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, speaking of It's Okay to Not Be Okay and Backstreet Rookie, both the shows have shown a considerable rise in ratings for their Ep 6. When it comes to Soo-hyun's series, the average nationwide ratings for Ep 6 were said to be 5.64 percent as per AGB Nielsen. On the other hand, Chang-wook's series scored average nationwide ratings of 4.9 percent and 7.9 percent for its two parts of Ep 6. It will be interesting to see how the ratings change as per the viewers' interest in both the K-dramas.

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Anonymous : Joker, An Indian national knows wats going on in south korea. south koreans don't know. ha ha ha. lying is a sin
REPLY 0 11 months ago
Anonymous : Hmm, I was surprised Park Hyung sik was not on the list. I guess Hwarang did not do so well and Bong soo Strong Woman didn’t cut him a big cheque.
REPLY 0 11 months ago
Anonymous : NOT talking about money, KSY's acting is masterpiece!!!
REPLY 7 11 months ago
Anonymous : Considering that they just came back from their military training (jcw, lmh and ksh) and with their latest drama. TKEM has much better ratings than its okay not to be okay and backstreet rookie. Its okay not to be okay is not doing well. Why is that? Is it because ksh isnt that popular anymore?
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : The rating of it's okay not to be okay was worse than TKEM but since it's on Netflix, it was always on no.1 trending since it's aired and the whole international kdrama fan community watch it! It's just that the topic and theme of the series were not koreans's thing so they dont like it. But the international fans were crazy over it's okay not to be okay
REPLY 3 11 months ago
Anonymous : Kim soon hyun my oppa
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : Thank you so much Lee min ho for bringing me and many millions of people out there to Korean world!! Forever grateful! Have watched many Korean drama and NONE can give the level of intensity you give in all emotions!! The best k drama actor of all time the legend Lee min ho!!!
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : Hyun Bin's talent fee is not known for 2020 and at least he's the CEO of his talent agency so he does not need to share his earnings.
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : It was not known how much Hyun Bin got for Crash Landing on You and Bargaining. The price that was mentioned in the article is really from years ago.
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : It is his luck, and it depend on how he acts.
REPLY 1 1 year ago
Anonymous : Kim soo hyun ¤¤¤
REPLY 1 1 year ago
Anonymous : Why ji chang wook is at 10th position. He should be the #1. I have never seen a great actor like him who is Soo pure in heart and his acting is at a next level.
REPLY 1 1 year ago
Anonymous : The quoted Hyun Bin salary is for 2015 for Hyde, Jekyll ,Me. He was reportedly paid $90,000 per episode for Memories of Alhambra. There was no figure reported on how much he was paid for CLOY but it was supposed to be higher than what he got for MOA although I think he is still the #2 earner for dramas. We just don't know for movies and endorsements. I guess he is tops for CFs.
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : Love Lee Min Ho, he is excellent!!!.!
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : He is just a superficial one dimentional actor.
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : Yes me either his good in whatever he does
REPLY 0 3 months ago
Anonymous : I love all the actors that's been mentioned, but I love the most is Park Hae Jin , I've seen all his work whether a prime actor or supporting he's really good, I love him and Hyun Bin.
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : i am being nosy does the actors actually get this or does his agent take a portion of if !!
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : The agents take their portion.
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : He's the best korean singer, actor and deserve to be number 1
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : Lee min ho is great always cames first on haryu wave every drama he stars guaranted to became popular all around the world deserve to be first because he is the goat of South Korea drama truly
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : it’s means you are not truly fan of kdrama i know lee min ho before kim soo hyun. but in my opinion lee min ho is really overrated actor. just because you love him you can’t put down others. South korean don’t select Highest paid actor based on looks. kim soo hyun is really great actor & he deserved it.
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : it’s means you are not truly fan of kdrama i know lee min ho before kim soo hyun. but in my opinion lee min ho is really overrated actor. just because you love him you can’t put down others. South korean don’t select Highest paid actor based on looks. kim soo hyun is really great actor & he deserved it.
REPLY 18 1 year ago
Anonymous : I accept Lee Min Ho started hallyu wave by Heirs but Kim Soo Hyun made that wave into storm by My love from another star... That's why they both were awarded by prime minister for spreading hallyu wave. All his drama have high ratings...he gave 6 super hits projects in which 3 were massive blockbuster in a row in just 5 years. He deserves to be no 1 and he won 4 daesang in 2014-2015 alone.
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : Get your facts right, it's not the heirs but boys over flower and he's the first SK actor I acknowledge and his hallyu storm all over the world is massive OK!.
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : Dream High in wich Kim Soo Hyun starred was also famous almost as famous as BOF
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : Maybe not because of him but because of jun ji hyun.
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : He deserves it! A very good actor indeed and good product endorser/ influencer
REPLY 7 1 year ago
Anonymous : How about Jung Hae-in? What rank does he got? Anonymous
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : Hi change wook is the best
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : I think they are all under paid. Hyun Bin please give Hollywood a shot by way of Atlanta.
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : He's gonna have to learn a lot of english then
REPLY 1 1 year ago
Anonymous : He refused a Hollywood movie before. He actually refused a lot of dramas after his military discharge, That's probably why he changed management.
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : Park Hae-Jin the best, com certeza o melhor de todos
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : And what about other South Korean stars like Lee Joon Gi
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : The arthor of this article(no offense) has no clue what so ever about kdrama or kpop in my opinion. He/she is just a journalist trying any means but k fans can't be influenced. Sorry
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : I agree. I read many articles and news about Kim Soo Hyun the highest paid actor in Korea. He had won many Baeksang awards and of course he's really handsome. I like his looks. And Hyun Bin. They are more manly than Lee Min Ho.
REPLY 15 1 year ago
Anonymous : Everyone knows that Lee min ho is more handsome than Kim so hyun, even ordinary park bo gum is more handsome than Kim so hyun talk less or song Joon ki
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : Each one his preferences( I personnaly think KSH is more handsome but it's certainly because of my biais) but I really don't get why we are discussing looks when we should be talking about performance (Lee Min Ho can't be compared to Kim Soo Hyun in that aspect)
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : Here in Brazil LMH is very dear
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : Even here in South Africa
REPLY 0 3 months ago
Anonymous : Author just got information from other articles on the web. It would have been best if author did own research. The other articles may not be accurate or may be outdated.
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : The author isn't a kdram/kpop follower
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : The thing is ..KSH is really a good actor ..no comments on his performance and he deserves all the riches...But not all actors disclose publicly that how they earn..We don't know how much HB got for CLOY or LMH got for TKEM. Do you think this list makes sense without Gong Yoo or Paek Seo Jun. This is way outdated.
REPLY 10 1 year ago
Anonymous : Can we fast forward from 2014 to 2020? These are the figures for the past few years?? Get updated please
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : How about Yo seung hoo he is also good in emperor the owner of the mask &in I'm not a robot.
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : Kim soo Hyun is also the richest Korean celebrity, till now his net worth far exceeds both HB and LMH and the rest of celebrities. He deserves this, he is having and a great sense of acting and there will always a brightening aura around him whenever he acts it drawn viewers and always have a sense of morality in his acts.
REPLY 20 1 year ago
Anonymous : That means HB and LMH is way under paid. To me, they are both better actor than Kim Soo Hyun. Kim Soo Hyun is Overrated and Overpaid.
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : So many bitter comments here lmao. Lee Minho who?
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : If you don't know who Lee Min Ho is then you're missing a great part of Kdrama!
REPLY 11 1 year ago
Anonymous : No contest with HB. But with LMH? Sorry. But JJH ate him alive in LOTBS. He is good looking and charismatic but acting is second rate. Not even in the ranks of KSH, HB, ir JCW. He even fell flat with BOF. He failed to give justice to that iconic lead actor Dao Ming Zu. I thought the years in his belt would make him better but King Monarch just proved he us just a face in the crowd.
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : He is not he has a great talent of acting. He convey emotions is a really talented way... I believe he deserves that.
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : Lee min ho performed really well in legend of the blue sea. In the last few episodes, especially. All the crying scenes were really heartfelt. He nearly lost his mind when his dad died there. Thats whats called acting. You may not like his style of acting. That doesmt mean he's a bad actor. And no actor can make it this far just with good looks. Do you think all, literally ALL, of his dramas are hits because of his face? You need to grow up. If thats all you think the viewers care about, then i think thats all you care about. So go and pour honey on your "good-faced" favourite actor and leave others alone. For you, its one online comment. But for the actors, its everything theyve ever worked hard for. Its their dream. The reason why they set out everyday. Stop negativity and if possible, try talking positively about someone you like
REPLY 9 1 year ago
Anonymous : He can act. In fact if it's about looks, KSH is finer than LMH. However, I sincerely feel that KSH acts better than LMH. Though they are both good actors
REPLY 9 1 year ago
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : Lee Min Ho is good at what he does but he always conveys the same type of characters whilst Kim Soo Hyun portrayed different types of characters and got over 50 awards in less than 5 years so yeah
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : And wich work of KSH exactly did you see and that you are comparing according to C'mon KSH got over 50 awards in less that five years this can't be just because he is "overrated"
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : Nope, your oppa Lee Minho is overrated and his dramas are always flop he cant even give justice on them
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : Não concordo, não tem nada haver esse ator tirar a coroa de Lee Min Ho. Isso não pode ser.
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : Is read all types of articles and it is really Kim Soo Hyun who is the highest paid. Maybe because of the awards he got because he got 4 Daesangs. His My Love from the Star was an open door for Korean Drama to be popular internationally. The highest paid actress is his leading actress in MybLove from the Star. It is not a popularity contest I think hut the awards they are getting which makes a lot of sense
REPLY 12 1 year ago
Anonymous : And because KSH is a good product endorser and influencer too, in fact he’s so in demand .. another reason made him the highest paid actor.
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : Thums up
REPLY 4 1 year ago
Anonymous : Many figures in the article are so outdated. Please put some effort while writing an article. I might not even bother to read here anymore
REPLY 7 1 year ago
Anonymous : Lately I have started watching Korean on Netflix they are amazing I am totally glued. Beauty Inside is such good one. Actors are really good too
REPLY 9 1 year ago
Anonymous : What about Park Seo joon . What rank does he got
REPLY 8 1 year ago
Anonymous : Exactly he is famous but not on this list I don’t even know some of these actors
REPLY 0 1 year ago
Anonymous : Not a big deal it's always reluctant it changes all the time
REPLY 1 1 year ago
Anonymous : Well i think stars like lee and kim coudnt impress viewers as expected. They should come up with some creative stuff
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : Lol!!! Do some proper research before writing ur reports. HB and LMH didn't disclose how much they got paid for their latest drama. The figures that you have mentioned for them are 5-6 years old. Lazy journalism sucks!!The highest paid actor in kdrama history is Bae Young Joon who got over 200k usd for a single episode for his drama The legend in 2007. Now compare it with the inflation.
REPLY 13 1 year ago
Anonymous : kim soo hyun is literally the top actor in his age group of course its going to be him. He is also the richest celebrity his income from CFs alone is crazy and south korea actually isnt so fond of lmh's acting so dont even bring him up. Meanwhile KSH is heavily praised for his acting skills and he is the number 1 most in demand actor of 2020.
REPLY 12 1 year ago
Anonymous : First of all, the comment was qbout how the information was outdated and that KSH's figures are not really the highest where there have been actors with better pay than him. And about LMH, "south korea is not fond of his acting"?? Lmao hear yourself. His works are successful and popular and he deserves better for his hardwork. He got paid a million dollars just to attend an event. In the end, all the actors work really hard. And the information given in this article is pretty outdated. If you dont buy that, then stop saying cr*p
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : KSH is an exellent actor! He deserved it. Producers are not stupid.
REPLY 10 1 year ago
Anonymous : Lee min ho performed really well in legend of the blue sea. In the last few episodes, especially. All the crying scenes were really heartfelt. He nearly lost his mind when his dad died there. Thats whats called acting. You may not like his style of acting. That doesmt mean he's a bad actor. And no actor can make it this far just with good looks. Do you think all, literally ALL, of his dramas are hits because of his face? You need to grow up. If thats all you think the viewers care about, then i think thats all you care about. So go and pour honey on your "good-faced" favourite actor and leave others alone. For you, its one online comment. But for the actors, its everything theyve ever worked hard for. Its their dream. The reason why they set out everyday. Stop negativity and if possible, try talking positively about someone you like
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : South korea and China and Europe and Indonesia and Thailand and Nigeria and 15 other countries are fond of LMH's acting. Maybe, except you.
REPLY 7 1 year ago
Anonymous : I love you reply. These guys dont even do research or know what the hell they are talking about when writing these articles.
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : LMH is just tall. I have never seen his acting as fantastic before. He's just popular among childish girls who like rich boys
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : Why you have to argue on how much they earned? Can you get a chunk from that millions?
REPLY 3 1 year ago
Anonymous : You don’t know about anything dear i have watching koream drama since 2015 & i watched atleast 100 dramas. Lee min ho is not popular in korea as much compared to kim soo hyun. lee min ho never won daesang award but kim soo hyun won 3 times. he is far better than him. Kim soo hyun is highest paid actor since 2014. he was even top 3 in Asia. after sharukh khan and salman khan. end discussion
REPLY 6 1 year ago
Anonymous : you are right
REPLY 2 1 year ago
Anonymous : yeah lee min ho is not bad actor but i think You don’t know about other actor like joo won. They are many good actor in south korea. you should not share your opinion just based on one actor.
REPLY 5 1 year ago
Anonymous : I come here just to reply Your comment,,, I a citizen of Nigeria, even our celebrities love and respect LEE MIN HO because of his acting skills. Check out faith, boys over flower, gangnam blues, the heirs, LOTBS, a lot more dramas b4 The King, see let me just tell you guys something this journalist or anchor whatever he/she calls itself is not a kpop or kdrama fan just tryna feuls up disagreement btw Fans because I don't get why you all so worked up over such a thing, it has never been disclose how much they are paid, so lets hop out of here and go watch our fav drama! South korea actors to the world nd more!!!!! Up leeminho up kimsoohyun up leejoongi up kimwoobin hurray to all the actors and actress in korea!.
REPLY 1 1 year ago