At 22 seasons (with a few more coming), ”Law & Order: SVU” is one of the longest running series in television history, edged out of the trophy for most watched TV show by ”The Simpsons.”
Here’s the net worths of all the main ”SVU” cast members, ranked.
7 Demore Barnes and Jamie Gray Hyder: $1-5 million
Two of the relatively new cast members have done pretty well for themselves. Barnes has starred in “American Gods” and a few comics-based shows, while Hyder is a veteran of “True Blood,” “Graceland,” and even “Call of Duty” voice acting.
6 Bradley Darryl (BD) Wong, Kelli Giddish, Diane Neal and Tamara Tunie: $8 million
Every episode of “SVU” is a bit of a scrum among characters, so it should come as no surprise that many of the core cast members make about the same amount of money overall. The beloved BD Wong as special agent George Huang, Kelli Giddish as detective Amanda Rollins, Diane Neal as ADA Casey Novak, and Tamara Tunie as medical examiner Melinda Warner have all built up about $8 million in total worth.
5 Dann Florek: $10 million
Florek may play the boss, but the role of Captain Cragen hasn’t rocketed him to top earnings. Florek was a member of the cast on the original “Law & Order” in the early ‘90s, until he was fired by Dick Wolf. He got to direct a few episodes while offscreen, before he returned in 1995 and went on to join the “SVU.”
4 Richard Belzer: $16 million
The character of John Munch will always hold a special place in our hearts, but his portrayer, Richard Belzer, didn’t rack up quite the big bucks of his co-stars. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Belzer moved from stand-up comedy to film to radio, only eventually landing the role of Munch on both “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1993-1999) and “SVU” (1999-2013).
3 Christopher Meloni: $30 million
Meloni and his co-star Mariska Hargitay made equal salaries as Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson respectively. But Meloni left the show after season 12, with his character written off after killing a criminal in the season finale. Meloni is set to reprise his role in season 22, before getting a spin-off — a chance to work up his net worth a bit.
2 Ice-T: $60 million
The “Cop Killer” rapper-turned-TV show cop holds second place for longest-running cast member on SVU. Between his albums from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the $250,000 he gets per episode on “Law & Order,” Ice-T has netted about $60 million. That’s … not messed up.
1 Mariska Hargitay: $100 million
Hargitay has starred as Olivia for over 20 years, making her the longest-serving cast member on the show. Her salary has climbed to $500,000 per episode, not too shabby when you consider every season has about 22 episodes.