How glamorous is the life of a soap opera star, and how much money do they really make? According to SoapHub.com, daytime soap stars looking to break into the business earn about $700 per episode, while those who have some experience under their belt (say from five to 10 years) may average about $1,500 to $3,000 per episode. Then you have the veterans of the industry, those beloved actors who have grown and evolved with their characters for upwards to 10 years, who can make between $2,000 to close to $5,000 for every episode they work in. So who has the highest net worth in the world of daytime soaps? Here’s the top 12:
12. Kelly Monaco – a.k.a. Sam Morgan
Estimated Net Worth: $4 million. General Hospital (GH) soap fans know Kelly Monaco as the feisty Sam Morgan who is beautiful and sexy. But some also know her as the first winner of Dancing With The Stars’, yet did you know that she also tops the world of soaps as one of the actresses with the highest net worth? Estimated at $4 million dollars, Monaco is not only talented, but is also sitting comfortably on a well nested egg. She broke into the business in the late ’90s as a Playboy model and then worked as Carmen Electra’s body double in Baywatch for a season. Alas, her claim to fame has been GH, where she first started off on its spin-off show Port Charles in 1999 and then made her way to the main soap in 2002. She has never looked back since.