How Much Money Do the 'Stranger Things' Kids Make? The Young Actors Hope For More

Netflix keeps a tight lid on its ratings, so we don't technically know if Stranger Things is the company's biggest hit. But after all the (well deserved) hype surrounding the second season, we can certainly call the show a juggernaut. A big reason for that: the Stranger Things kids.

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), and Sadie Sink (Max) are rapidly becoming some of the most popular child actors in the world. But it sounds like their success is outpacing their paychecks.

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe child stars are banding together to negotiate higher salaries for upcoming seasons of Stranger Things. One anonymous source told THR Wolfhard (14), Brown (13), Matarazzo (15) and McLaughlin (16) each got $30,000 per episode for the first and second seasons, along with a bonus when it was clear the show was hit. The source noted the bonus still amounted to less than six figures for the actors. Sink (15), the newcomer to the gang in season two, reportedly made $23,625 per episode, according to contract documents obtained by The Blast.

wv_publicity_pre_launch_A_still_43 'Stranger Things' newcomer Sadie Sink (far right) joins the gang as Max. Netflix

That's certainly more money than your average American teen makes babysitting. But the kids' salaries fall well below the average of other actors on hit shows. A recent Variety report revealed that Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Lena Headey make $500,000 an episode. Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, stars of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, make $150,000 and $90,000 respectively. 

Child actors tend to make less than adults, but their salaries can vary greatly. In 2010, Two and Half Men's Angus T. Jones became the highest paid child star at the age of 16, coming in at $300,000 per episode. That same year, Selena Gomez made only $25,000 per episode on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place, according to a 2010 report from The Hollywood Reporter.

Depending on how negotiations go, the Stranger Things kids could be about to get paid. And that would certainly turn their worlds upside down.

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