Korean actors typically get paid per episode for dramas. The Korean Actors and Broadcasting Worker’s Union divided the actors from grade 6 to grade 18 (similar to America’s A-list, B-list, etc. actors). However, as more Korean dramas have been exported overseas, the value of the dramas and actors skyrocketed. It’s often difficult to give a label to Korean actors now until the system is edited.

As of right now, these are the highest-paid male actors (by episode) that we know of.

5. Lee Jong Suk (for While You Were Sleeping)

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Lee Jong Suk earned a whopping ₩120 million KRW~₩130 million KRW which is about $109,499 USD~$118,624 USD per episode for the hit While You Were Sleeping.

Supposedly he earned about ₩100 million KRW (about $91,249 USD) for Romance is a Bonus Book.

4. Lee Seung Gi (for Vagabond)

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Lee Sung Gi also earned ₩120 million KRW~₩130 million KRW  ($109,499 USD~$118,624 USD) per episode for his series, Vagabond.

He supposedly earned over ₩100 million KRW (about $91,249 USD) for A Korean Odyssey.

3. Lee Byung Hun (for Mr. Sunshine)

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Lee Byung Hun earned around ₩150 million KRW (about $136,874 USD) per episode for the groundbreaking Mr. Sunshine.

He also earned over ₩100 million KRW (about $91,249 USD) all the way back in 2009 for his role in Iris.

2. Song Joong Ki (for Arthdal Chronicles)

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To no one’s surprise, the Netflix actor Song Joong Ki warned ₩180 million KRW (approximately $164,250 USD) per episode for the highly funded Arthdal Chronicles.

1. Bae Yong Joon (for The Legend)

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Finally, veteran actor Bae Yong Joon dominates the charts with his amazing ₩250 million KRW (about $228,123 USD) per episode for The Legend. The record continues to stand even after all these years.