1. Simon Cowell - American Idol
Estimated earnings: $80 million
Also padding his wallet: fees from the Got Talent and X Factor franchises, along with profits from his lucrative record label.
2. Ryan Seacrest - American Idol
Estimated earnings: $51 million
He hosts American Idol, the American Top 40 radio countdown, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, E! News and ABC's New Year's Eve special.
3. Donald Trump - The Apprentice
Estimated earnings: $50 million
Trump, who landed at No. 153 on the Forbes 400 with a net worth of $2.4 billion, continues to expand his brand. The real estate mogul also reaps millions from his books.
4. Steve Carell - The Office
Estimated earnings: $34 million
He generated headlines this spring when he announced this coming season would be his last. Over on the big screen, he starred in Dinner for Schmucks & Despicable Me.
5. Charlie Sheen - Two and a Half Men
Estimated earnings: $30 million
Sheen's long-running sitcom finshed the season as the No. 1 comedy. After publicly flirting with the idea of departing the hit show, he negotiated the genre's richest contract.
6. Kiefer Sutherland - 24
Estimated earnings: $20 million
A movie version of the long-running 24 has been announced. In the meantime, Sutherland's let his voice to raspy alpha dog Bosco in the animated flick Marmaduke.
7. Laurence Fishburne - CSI
Estimated earnings: $12 million
Fishburne has one of the richest TV deals around. Over on the big screen, the actor recently turned up in the Robert Rodriguez alien flick Predators.
8. Patrick Dempsey - Grey's Anatomy
Estimated earnings: $11 million
Dempsey as McDreamy is the best-paid man on set. He's also the face of Avon.
9. Hugh Laurie - House
Estimated earnings: $10 million
Over on the big screen, he has joined the long-gestating indie Oranges opposite Leighton Meester and Catherine Keener.
10. Chris Meloni - Law & Order: SVU
Estimated earnings: $9.5 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit remains the franchise's strongest effort.