The Korean dramas are largely led by women who play an important role in shaping the plot of these remarkable Kdramas. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that most of the leading stars in Kdrama industry are women. Besides being the leading characters, many of these stars have grown to become some of the highest-paid, thus richest Korean actresses, with decades of experience in Kdrama bagging them.
These are the highest-paid Korean actresses in the Kdrama industry
Park Shin Hye
Award-winning actress Park Shin Hye with estimated earnings of $6 million, started her career as a child actor and has established herself as one of the most loved actresses in the Korean drama industry. Some of the most popular Kdramas that she has worked in including You’re Beautiful, Prince Hours, and Heartstrings. She charges $17,000 per episode.
Popularly known as the “sweetheart” of Korean dramas, Shin Min-a began her career as a model and then became a famous star in music videos before venturing into the Korean drama industry. With estimated yearly earnings of $3.5 million, Shin Min-a has been a part of popular Kdramas such as Arang and the Magistrate, Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and Oh My Venus. She charges $25,000 per episode.
Park Bo Young
With an estimated yearly earning of $3 million, Park Bo Young is one of the most loved actresses in the Korean drama industry. She has been a part of popular Korean dramas such as Oh My Ghost, Strong Girl Bong-Soon, and The Silenced. She currently charges $25,000 per episode.
Gong Hyo Jin
Popularly known as the queen of the romantic comedy, Gong Hyo Jin, with estimated earnings of $8.5 million, has been a part of popular romantic comedies, mystery dramas, and black comedies. Before venturing her way into the Korean drama industry, Gong Hyo Jin started as a model. She is best known for her roles in popular Korean dramas such as Pasta, Hello My Teacher, and When The Camellia Blooms. She charges $33,000 per episode.
Kim Tae Hee
With an estimated yearly earning of $5.5 million, Kim Tae Hee is known as one of the most beautiful Korean drama actresses. She ventured into the Korean drama industry in 2001 and has established herself as one of the highest-paid actresses. For Kdrama, she charges $34,000.
Ha Ji Won
Known for her role in Secret Garden, Ha Ji Won, with an estimated $8 million earnings per year, is one of the highest-paid actresses in the Kdrama industry. She has also worked in action movies. Some of the most popular dramas that she has been part of include Secret Garden and What Happened in Bali. She has been awarded 4 Baeksang Arts Awards. For Kdrama, she charges $42,000 per episode.
Choi Ji Woo
With estimated earnings of $17 million, Choi Ji Woo is one of the highest-paid Kdrama actresses. She started her career in the Korean drama industry in 1996 and since then has continued to work in famous dramas such as Second 20s, Woman with a Suitcase, and The Suspicious Housekeeper. Choi Ji Woo’s popularity was rocketing since she became the lead actress in one of the most famous Korean dramas, Winter Sonata. She charges $42,000 per episode.
Song Hye Kyo
Known as one of the most beautiful actresses in the Korean drama industry, Song Hye Kyo, with an estimated earning of $11 million per year, is one of the highest-paid Korean actresses. She has received a lot of awards and has been a part of critically acclaimed Korean dramas. Some of her famous dramas include Descendants of the Sun, Encounter, and Full House. She charges $42,000 per episode.
Lee Young Ae
Having worked in Korean dramas since 1993, Lee Young Ae is the richest Kdrama actress of all time. Her estimated earnings are $18 million per year. She rose to fame with the famous MBC drama Jewel in the Palace and make a comeback in the Korean drama industry with Saimdang, Memoir of Colors which received tremendous accolades. She charges $83,000, which is one of the #2 highest in the industry.
Jun Ji Hyun
One of the most popular actresses today, Jun Ji Hyun, with an estimated yearly earning of $10 million, is one of the highest-paid actresses. She has been a part of successful Korean dramas such as The Legend of the Blue Sea and My Love From the Stars. Apart from Kdrama, she also has a successful film career in the Korean industry. For Kdrama, she charges $84,000 per episode.
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