Song Hye-kyo and Jun Ji-hyun's Pay Per Episode

Actresses Song Hye-kyo and Jun Ji-hyun, who are currently active in the small screens, reportedly get paid 200 million won per drama episode, the highest level in the industry among female actors.


Song Hye-kyo plays Ha-yeong in SBS's "Now, We Are Breaking Up" and Jun Ji-hyun plays Seo I-kang in the tvN drama "Jirisan".

Song Hye-kyo's pay has not yet been released, but the fee per episode of tvN drama "Encounter", which aired in 2018, has already exceeded 100 million won. The influence of the previous work "Descendants of the Sun", which was evaluated as writing a new history of Hallyu dramas was also great.

Jun Ji-hyun received an appearance fee of 100 million won per episode when she appeared on SBS's "My Love from the Star" in 2013. She, who caused the Korean Wave craze with this drama, also received more than 100 million won per episode in 2016 with "The Legend of the Blue Sea".

"Jirisan", which is currently appearing, is known to have already surpassed the breakeven point, selling overseas broadcasting rights to iQiyi, the Netflix of China, for around 20 billion won.

Another actor who boasts a high appearance fee is Lee Young-ae. Returning to the small screen with JTBC's "Inspector Koo", she was paid well over 100 million won per episode when she appeared in "Saimdang: Light's Diary" four years ago. Therefore, her appearance fee per episode is also expected to exceed 200 million won.

What these three actresses have in common is that they lead the work independently with a strong presence and that it is easy for their dramas to advance overseas with a solid Korean Wave fandom.

However, except for them, there are not many female actors who receive more than 100 million won per session. Son Ye-jin and Go Hyun-jung are known to receive more than 100 million won.

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