10 Actors Who Had The Most Well-Paying Wage In 2022, Ranked

It is common knowledge that movie actors in Hollywood take home some of the most lucrative paychecks in the world. However, not every performer possesses the same skill level, and when pulling power is considered, some can earn far more money than others.
Show business stalwarts like Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt have all had successful years with new film releases in 2019, while Joaquin Phoenix's highly lauded appearance in the Joker (2019) has provided him a financial lift for the picture's planned sequel.
Here are the Top 10 male actors with the highest salaries in 2022, let's find out together!

10. Tom Hardy

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Hardy, who gained fame in the early 2000s with performances in movies like RocknRolla (2008) and Inception (2010), struck it rich as the star in Marvel's Venom trilogy. The 45-year-old British actor allegedly received $20 million to reprise his role in the Disney franchise's forthcoming third film.

9. Vin Diesel

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An eleventh installment of the action mega-franchise Fast & Furious is in production, with Vin Diesel earning an estimated $20 million for reprising his role.

8. Joaquin Phoenix

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Warner Bros. recruited the 48-year-old American actor to play Arthur Fleck, nicknamed the Joker villain from DC Comics. He made $4.5 million for the 2019 picture. Still, after it made over $1 billion at the box office, Warner Bros. decided to give him $20 million to feature in Joker 2 starring Lady Gaga.

7. Will Ferrell

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Though he's most known for his humorous parts, California-born Ferrell, 55, has amassed a substantial fortune; his US$20 million Spirited paycheck is more proof.

6. Chris Hemsworth

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The Indian Express reports that in the ten years after Chris Hemsworth originally joined the Marvel family as Thor, the actor's remuneration has increased from $122,000 to an astounding $18 million for the most recent installment. Netflix paid the handsome Australian actor US$20 million for his role in Extraction 2.

5. The Rock

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The actor earned $22.5 million for playing DC Comics' Black Adam, his first superhero role. According to Insider, the 50-year-old actor earns additional money by marketing the film on his social media accounts, particularly his Instagram account, which has 350 million followers.

4. Brad Pitt

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Pitt's pay has been consistently high throughout his career. The 58-year-old actor/producer has secured an exclusive US$30 million agreement for his next assignment following Bullet Train. According to Deadline, Pitt will portray a seasoned Formula One driver in an upcoming fictitious film produced by Apple Studios. Top Gun: Maverick screenwriter Ehren Kruger penned the script, and seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is set to act in the film.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio

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DiCaprio's bank account is flush with cash thanks to his portfolio of critically praised films, including Django Unchained (2012) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese's screenplay for the 48-year-next old's picture, Killers of the Flower Moon, earned him US$30 million. According to, the Osage tribe killings of the 1920s served as the first significant homicide case investigated by the FBI. This event serves as the inspiration for the historical drama.

2. Will Smith

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Reviews for his current film, Emancipation, have been mostly good, which might be his ticket back into Hollywood. Set in the 1860s and portraying the life of a slave, the film reportedly paid him US$35 million for his role.

1. Tom Cruise

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According to British media, the 60-year-old actor/producer signed a deal guaranteeing him a percentage of the film's gross from theatrical and digital distribution. Thus, in 2022, Cruise will be the highest-paid actor in the world, having earned $100 million, roughly ten times more than he had pre-release.
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