How Sofia Vergara Stayed the Highest-Paid TV Actress for 6 Years Straight

Though most known for her 'Modern Family' role, it's Vergara's other ventures that have kept her in the No. 1 spot for six years.

Sofia Vergara People's Choice
Image via Getty/Kevork Djansezian

Actress Sofia Vergara, winner of the Favorite Comedic TV Actress Award, poses in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2017

Sofia Vergara People's Choice

This has been a busy week for Forbes ranking enthusiasts. In addition to unveiling their annual (and once again Diddy-dominated) list of the highest-paid hip-hop artists on the planet, the business mag also gave us a similar ranking for the highest-paid women on TV. Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, for the sixth year in a row, tops the 2017 list.

Vergara earned nearly $20 million more than Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, whose $26 million haul through June of this year was enough for a strong second place finish. Vergara's Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen also makes an appearance on the list.

Peep the full top 10, which also features Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra, below:

  • Sofia Vergara - $41.5 million
  • Kaley Cuoco - $26 million
  • Mindy Kaling - $13 million
  • Ellen Pompeo - $13 million
  • Mariska Hargitay - $12.5 million
  • Julie Bowen - $12 million
  • Kerry Washington - $11 million
  • Priyanka Chopra - $10 million
  • Robin Wright - $9 million
  • Pauley Perrette - $8.5 million

Vergara's massive $41.5 million earnings are notable for a variety of reasons, including the fact only a quarter of that income comes from the hit ABC sitcom she’s called home since 2009. The successful multi-hyphenate also bags millions from endorsement deals including Pepsi and CoverGirl, as well as her current focus: personality-driven licensing deals. Unlike mere endorsements, the kind of licensing deals Vergara has secured allow her to be more selective with the products she promotes while also taking a cut of the sales.


Most recently, Vergara launched a subscription service for seamless underwear called EBY.

Each pair, regardless of size, costs the same price. A chunk of net sales (10 percent) will be put toward business loans for women all over the world.

Modern Family returns for season 9 Sept. 27. As ABC announced back in May, the series—which currently has 22 Emmys to its name—has been renewed through at least season 10.

Latest in Pop Culture