Kutcher — along with the other one and a half men, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones — has signed a one-year deal to remain on the hit sitcom through at least the 10th season. His salary will reportedly increase by $25,000 per episode, from the $700,000 he was making this season to $725,000, which may seem like small fry (kidding!) but amounts to a $1 million raise when it’s all said and done.
It’s certainly a far cry from Kutcher’s humble-ish beginnings on the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, when, toward the end of the series’ run, he was slummin’ it with a per-episode paycheck purported to be somewhere between $200,000 and $280,000.
Kutcher, whose current salary was something of a risk for CBS since there was no telling what the ratings would be going into Season 9, is now an absolute bargain for the network, even with his moderate raise — because it’s still much less money than Sheen was commanding, while ratings are way up, to the tune of nearly three million more viewers, on average, than Season 8.