Kim Soo-hyun (left) in a still from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Kim is one of South Korea’s highest earning actors.
Kim Soo-hyun (left) in a still from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Kim is one of South Korea’s highest earning actors.

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How much are Kim Soo-hyun and Song Joong-ki paid? Breaking down K-drama stars’ ever-rising salaries

  • Kim, star of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, will earn more than US$440,000 per episode for One Ordinary Day. Song probably topped US$155,000 per episode for Vincenzo
  • Major actors’ fees have shot up in the past few years, but even top actresses earn far less, and average actor pay fell 30 per cent in the four years to 2019

Kim Soo-hyun (left) in a still from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Kim is one of South Korea’s highest earning actors.
Kim Soo-hyun (left) in a still from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. Kim is one of South Korea’s highest earning actors.
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