Here's How Much Sadie Sink Is Really Worth

Sadie Sink is on top of the world. The Texas-born redhead captured America's hearts with her breakout role as Maxine "Max" Mayfield in Netflix's "Stranger Things." Not only did she have a part in the ginormous sci-fi blockbuster, but she was at the center of one of their biggest moments in Season 4 as her character evoked the power of Kate Bush to escape the grasps of Vecna. Though she did not make an appearance until Season 2, she certainly made her mark; the show's fourth season became the streamer's second-ever series to hit over one billion hours viewed, according to Variety. We've all gotten to know Sink through her character, and while they're not the same, they're not entirely different either. "With her, what you see is what you get," she told Vogue. "I'm not necessarily like her outwardly, but I value loyalty, and she's incredibly loyal."

But Sink's impact hardly stops at "Stranger Things." From other television shows and films, to brand deals and one particularly hard hitting music video, she's only getting started but she's already accomplished so much. With a number of high profile gigs under her belt, this is how much Sadie Sink is really worth.

She found her love for acting in a small town

Although Sadie Sink is a natural performer, she didn't come from show biz. One of four siblings, she was born in Brenham, Texas, where her mom worked as a teacher and her father was a rugby coach. Though her family was focused on sports, she bonded with her older brother over their love of theater. "We could always be found in the back room streaming Broadway bootlegs on YouTube or watching Tony performances," she told Vogue in 2022. "It was just this weird obsession that we shared."

The spark was born when she made her stage debut in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at seven years old. "I was in the baby angel ensemble and I only had one line, so I was kind of just standing there," she recalled. "But I remember loving it like nothing else." After nabbing the lead role in a community theater production of "The Secret Garden," she was hooked – and her family knew she'd outgrow small town Texas sooner than later.

Sink attended an arts school in Houston, which eventually led her to Broadway, where she made her debut in the titular role of "Annie" in 2012. Her entire family moved to New York City, and she later went on to star in "The Audience" on stage alongside Helen Mirren. "My family has always been so supportive of me and my career," she gushed to Glamour in 2022.

Her big break came in Stranger Things

Though Sadie Sink made a number of small appearances in shows like "The Americans," "Blue Bloods," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," her breakout role came in 2017 when she was cast as Max Mayfield in "Stranger Things." Her character appeared for the first time in Season 2, and suddenly Sink, who was 15 at the time, was thrust into the spotlight. "It was very overwhelming, especially because I was a new character on a show that is so loved, but it was just great to have a solid support group in the rest of the cast," she told Glamour. In addition to being new to the show, Sink was new to this level of celebrity. "There are certain things I am more used to at this point, but it's taken a while," she admitted to Coveteur.

Working alongside actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and Maya Hawke, Sink found a family amongst the cast. "We are all going through the same things at the same time and there's a comfort in knowing you're surrounded by people who have your best interests at heart and won't let you get caught up in anything," she told Glamour. Though "Stranger Things" is set to end with its fifth season, Sink is in no rush to leave the world of the Upside Down. "I love playing Max and I'd be on the show for as long as they'd want me," she said.

She procures a pretty paycheck for the Netflix hit

"Stranger Things" has become a flagship franchise for Netflix, and after its penultimate season broke Nielsen streaming records in its first week and a stage play and spinoff series were announced, it's clear the buzz is not dying down anytime soon. With big viewership comes big paychecks, and Sadie Sink is taking home a decent sized chunk of change for her role on the show. As of October 2018, Sink was getting paid $150,000 an episode, according to Statista. With a handful of additional seasons under her belt, Celebrity Net Worth estimates she's worth $1 million as of this writing.

As a later addition to the cast, it's understandable why Sink may have started out pocketing less than her co-stars. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her fellow "Stranger Things" crew members like Gaten Matarazzo and Finn Wolfhard are worth $5 million and $4 million, respectively, taking home $250,000 an episode, while Millie Bobby Brown commands a slightly larger paycheck, taking home $300,000 an episode with a net worth of $14 million. Considering inflation — and the fact that Sink's character has taken on a bigger role in the series — it's safe to say she's likely getting a sizable raise for the show's fifth and final season.

She had a big role in Taylor Swift's biggest music video

Sadie Sink has shown she has got the range, from "Stranger Things" to the "Fear Street" horror movie series, but she showed us yet another side of herself when she took on a starring role in Taylor Swift's short film for her song "All Too Well." Sink portrayed Her, a young woman who falls for Him (Dylan O'Brien), and despite their age gap, navigates a tumultuous relationship that ends in heartbreak.

The role was a dream come true for Sink, who had always wanted to work with Swift. "She's such an incredible human being, so smart and so grounded," Sink told Glamour. "To have her as a friend, as a director, as a mentor and to be able to bring such an iconic song to life was just an honor." For her part, Swift was equally as drawn to Sink, telling Seth Meyers that she would not have made the film if Sadie hadn't signed on.

While Sink's salary for the visual isn't publicly available, it's not hard to imagine that she took home a decent paycheck for the film, considering its high profile director and pedigree: the visual was chosen as a selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and took home Video of the Year at the 2022 Video Music Awards.

Sadie Sink is expanding her career on the big screen

Even before "Stranger Things," Sadie Sink had already taken on the film world, with small roles in movies like "Chuck" and "The Glass Castle," though the critical acclaim she's received as Max Mayfield has already led to bigger things. In 2022, Sink nabbed a leading role in Darren Aronofsky's "The Whale" as Brendan Fraser's character's daughter. The film follows a 600-pound man (Fraser) who begins to fix his relationship with his daughter (Sink) after being estranged for years following the death of his partner. Sink told Vanity Fair that year that the role stretched her as an actor in ways she hadn't expected. "I learned a lot about myself as an actress, and tapped into a side of things that I hadn't really explored before," she explained, adding that working with Aronofsky was a "really formative experience."

Being in a flick helmed by an acclaimed director like Aronofsky is nothing short of a big deal. According to Variety, Aronofsky's 2017 film "Mother!" had a $30 million budget, and while it was not a commercial success, he's got a slew of hits like "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream" under his belt. Although Sink's pay for the film hasn't been revealed as of this writing, you can expect she got a pretty sweet payday for her role considering its director's pedigree — and the fact that it's expected to be a major Oscar contender.

She supplements her income as a model

Between acting on the big and small screens, Sadie Sink is one of the busiest young actors in Hollywood, but she's also found time to boost her profile –- and pockets –- with a number of brand deals and fashion campaigns. Her first appearance was in Miu Miu's 2017 holiday campaign and she walked in Paris Fashion Week in 2018 for Undercover's fall show, per Seventeen. More recently, she was the face of Givenchy's Le Rouge Deep Velvet lipstick and had a major role as one of the faces of Kate Spade's spring 2019 collection. Spade's team entitled the ad, "We love Sadie Sink," and we have to agree.

Though she's been the face of major fashion brands, Sink has a very holistic approach to cosmetics and embracing natural beauty. "My version of doing makeup, if I ever have to wear it and do it by myself, is that I'll just literally take eyeliner and rub it everywhere and then try to get it all off," she joked to Glamour in 2022. And when it comes to who she is deep down, she doesn't want to change anything – including her fiery red hair. "When I was little, I really didn't pay attention to it," she told the outlet. "Then as I got older, I really started to embrace it a lot more. It's my staple at this point. I can't see me ever doing anything to it."

Her star and net worth only continue to rise

Sadie Sink has already accomplished a lot as an actor, proving herself as a bankable talent in "Stranger Things" and collaborating with industry icons like Taylor Swift and Darren Aronofsky -– and she's just getting started. In fact, her Netflix co-star Winona Ryder thinks Sink will one day solidify her place amongst the Hollywood greats. "Sadie is like Liv Ullmann," Ryder told E! News in 2022. "She's going to be like Meryl Streep."

Considering she's only a few years into her career, you can only expect Sink's net worth and profile to rise. With "Stranger Things" nearly behind her, she told Glamour in 2022 that she hopes to return to her Broadway roots in the near future. "I really want to go back to the stage very soon, so I'm hoping that happens," she said. "I haven't been in theater since I was 13."

Regardless of what's next, Sink is also focused on what matters the most: the people who have supported her since the start. "There's a lot going on, but I always have time to go home and be with my family and friends when I'm not working," she told Glamour. "That's always so important to me." She's yet to stop running up that hill, and we can't wait to continue to follow her meteoric rise.