The salaries of actors usually align with how long they've been a part of a given show. The longer one has been on the show, the higher their salary. Chicago PD has several actors who were around during the very first episode, however, which makes it tricky to determine which of them is getting paid the most.
When the show premiered, Sophia Bush was the most famous name, and she was paid accordingly. According to We Got This Covered, she had a salary of $180,000 per episode, which meant she was earning signifigantly more than co-stars like Tracy Spiridakos ($70,000 per episode) and Jesse Lee Soffer ($160,000 per episode).
Jon Seda has the second-highest PD salary during his tenure
Jon Seda was another cast member whose salary ranked near the top of the list during his tenure. He was paid $190,000 per episode, which makes sense given how vital he was to Chicago PD during the first seven seasons. He was so valuable, in fact that NBC tried to make him the lead of another spin-off, but Chicago Justice was canceled after only one season.
Bush and Seda were well-paid during their years on the show, but the Chicago PD actor who has been paid the most is, fittingly, the one who is still around: Jason Beghe. The actor has been the anchor of Chicago PD since day one, and even when he isn't involved in the storyline of a given episode, his presence is felt.
According to Nicki Swift, Beghe makes an estimated $250,000 per episode as Hank Voight. He's the only cast member on the show to cross the $200K mark, and is, unsurprisingly, one of the best paid actors in the entire One Chicago franchise.
Jason Beghe makes $250K per episode of Chicago PD
Unsurprisingly, Beghe has relished his time playing Voight on Chicago PD. He told TVMeg that he has been able to create a full performance given the amount of screen time he's given, and showcase the subtle ways in which his character has changed.
""The more we get to know people, I think, the more we are able to understand them and therefore love them. That, to me, is what’s interesting about life and playing a character for this long, that you get to understand that people – there’s always something there; there’s something to love. We’re not one thing or another.""
Beghe is undoubtedly great at what he does, and we're curious to see how the character of Voight evolves in season 11.