The 'Stranger Things' kids make more per episode than most Americans do in a year

The 'Stranger Things' kids make more per episode than most Americans do in a year

Pessimists will say it is futile to work your life away just to die. According to negative nellies, it is one of the greatest ironies to spend a majority of your day in an office, only to take none of your earnings when you pass. Another irony of nine-to-fives? When children make more money than you.

According to, all of the Stranger Things cast - who just starred in the show's third season released on Netflix earlier this month - make more than the average American does in a 40-hour work week.

Of the show's six main young actors, 15-year-old Millie Bobby Brown - who plays Eleven - earns far more than her co-stars (she is on-par with adult peers Winona Ryder and David Harbour). Millie rakes in a reported $350,000 per episode.

At eight episodes per season and three seasons in total, that makes the actress darn rich.

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$2.8 million rich to be exact. But take a deep breath because that is only Millie's salary for the third, most-recent season. The first two seasons were far less lucrative for her and were way less fruitful for the other young stars. As of season three, Millie's child peers made $150,000 to $250,000 per episode.

Hey, at least this is a rare case of women getting paid more than men. Or rather, girls than boys. says:

"Aside from Brown, the core six of Stranger Things’ young actors (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Noah Schnapp) are all being paid the same per-episode figure."


To put it all in perspective, the average yearly American salary is $47,06. Millie gets paid $31,818 for an eight-hour day. And that's not counting the other projects she and her co-stars have taken on since their Stranger Things exposure.

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For example, Millie agreed to a million dollar salary to star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which was released earlier this year. She'll likely make $3 million if she stars in the sequel.

Oh to be rich, famous and prepubescent.

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