This year the average salary in the United States is $44,888. This comes out to about $0.0014 per second. Compare this to Julianna Margulies, star of the Good Wife, who makes $0.32 a second. By any other measure 32 cents would not seem like a lot of money. However, when that measurement is earnings per second, that comes out to a rather impressive $1,152 an hour. I don’t know many people who would mind making that kind of money. At 35 cents a second, Kaley Cuoco of Big Bang Theory fame does marginally better at $1,260 per hour.
While most of us would consider that big money, movie acting is where the really big money is in Hollywood terms. Sandra Bullock, the highest paid actress in 2014 earned $51 million for the year. This comes out to $1.62 every second. The highest paid actor in Hollywood is currently Robert Downey Jr. At $75 million in annual earnings, he makes $2.38 every second. This means that he earns the Federal hourly minimum wage in the United States every 3 seconds.
Think about that for a moment. Why do we rarely hear about those of a certain political slant who always rail against the pay disparities in this country talk about how much actors make? They spend time talking about those “greedy” corporate CEO’s, but what about those “greedy” Hollywood actors and actresses?