Here's How Much The Cast Of Young Sheldon Is Really Worth

As a spin-off to The Big Bang Theory — the geek-filled CBS sitcom that ran 12 seasons, exceeding Cheers in number of episodes — Young Sheldon had big shoes to fill. The prequel series follows socially inept genius Sheldon Cooper, a role originated by Jim Parsons, as he navigates high school in Texas as a boy prodigy. Co-creators Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, and the adult Sheldon himself returned for the series, with Parson serving as both executive producer and narrator. Iain Armitage, who won the lead role at 9 years old, portrays Sheldon's younger self alongside an ensemble cast of Zoe Perry and Lance Barber as his parents, Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord as his siblings, and TV legend Annie Potts as his grandmother, "Meemaw."

The spinoff has been a success, out-lasting its parent series which called it quits in 2019 and earning a fourth season order from CBS. Perhaps the key to its success is its originality. Parsons told CBS News that Armitage's character is more than just a mini-me. "It really is its own character," he said. "It is its own show, its own memory play, origin show." But just how successful is the prequel compared to its predecessor, which was scoring its four leads a hefty $1 million per episode in 2017? Here's how the Young Sheldon cast adds up.

Child star Iain Armitage already has quite the portfolio

Iain Armitage is a prodigy in his own right. At 4-years-old, the child actor began critiquing theatre on his YouTube channel IainLovesTheatre where he amassed over 16,000 subscribers. It was there he was noticed by an agent, who scored him his first acting role in 2017. He has since appeared on Law & Order: SVU and HBO's highly-successful drama Big Little Lies, portraying Shailene Woodley's son Ziggy Chapman. Armitage continued to bolster his career with The Glass Castle, Our Souls at Night, and as young Shaggy in 2020's animated Scoob! After nailing a William Shatner impression in his 2017 audition, he won the role of young Sheldon, with Parsons calling his portrayal "jaw-dropping."

An extensive filmography is perhaps why Armitage has a net worth of $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. With his salary increasing, he reportedly took home $660,000 before earning $32,500 per episode during the show's third season. Armitage's career is sure to keep steam, especially if his Gold Derby, Teen Choice, and Young Artist Awards nods are any indication. His parents are no doubt already teaching him the value of a dollar — he's the son of theatre producer Lee Armitage and Tony-Award nominee Euan Morton, who is worth an estimated $2 million according to unconfirmed sources. The two seem to keep Armitage down to earth, as he told Esquire in 2019 that fame is "seen a bit differently than it is" and his family "definitely [does] not have several different fancy cars."

Jim Parsons, world's highest paid TV actor

It's easy to understand why Jim Parsons had a hard time completely letting go of a character that earned him four Emmys — not to mention, made him TV's highest-paid actor from 2015 to 2018, according to Forbes. During the last season, he reportedly took home nearly $1 million an episode, netting him more than his co-stars at $26.5 million in total. In fact, the lead cast of The Big Bang Theory was making so much by the eleventh and twelfth seasons, they reportedly took a voluntary $100,000 pay cut to raise the salaries of series regulars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch (via Variety). Entertainment Weekly also reports Parsons walked away from more than $50 million by not signing on for an additional two more years of the show. "It was a complicated road, as you could imagine," he told fellow actor David Tennant during a podcast interview in 2020 (via ET Canada), citing some personal turmoil he was also facing at the time, and his desire to slow down and explore other interests. 

With a reported net worth of $160 million between TV, ads for Intel, and films like 2018 Oscar nominee Hidden Figures, Parsons lives a comfortable life with husband Todd Spiewak. He reportedly sold his Los Angeles hillside home for $6.95 million in 2019 after purchasing the 1.5-acre estate from Twilight's Robert Pattinson four years earlier. Parsons continues to expand his behind-the-scenes power, executive producing Carla, a new sitcom for Fox starring his screen wife Bialik.

Zoe Perry comes from some pretty famous parents

Playing matriarch Mary Cooper literally runs in the family for Zoe Perry. Her mother is Emmy and Tony Award-winner Laurie Metcalf, who portrayed the older version of Sheldon's mom throughout The Big Bang Theory's 11 year run. "Genetics definitely played a very helpful part in this portrayal because I didn't really have to think about mimicking my mom," Perry told the New York Post in 2020, adding "It's just part of who I am, to an extent." She was even nominated against her mother for a Critic's Choice Award in 2019 for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, though they both lost to Alex Borstein.

Young Sheldon marks Perry's first series regular role. Previously, she had recurring appearances on shows like Scandal, NCIS, and The Family, bringing her net worth to an estimated $800,000 according to unconfirmed reports. Her parents Metcalf and actor Jeff Perry are worth a reported $14 million and $5 million, respectively.

Annie Potts is a Hollywood real estate aficionado

Before earning a Critic's Choice Award nod in 2019 for her portrayal of Sheldon's patient and nurturing "Meemaw" Constance Tucker, Annie Potts had an extensive career on television shows like Designing Women, Love and War, and The Fosters. Her small screen legacy is equally matched by iconic characters in Ghostbusters, Pretty in Pink, and as the voice of Bo Peep in Toy Story. With such a comprehensive career, it's no surprise that the actress has a reported net worth of $8 million. That doesn't mean that the mother of three wasn't hustling, though. In 2017, she told Closer Weekly that it's "different" now for actors. "Thirty years ago, you either did TV or you didn't," she added. "I needed to pay the mortgage, so I did whatever I needed to do."

Potts has been married to producer James Hayman since 1990, and after a successful career, she's been able to give back with an "artist residency program" of her own, allowing young people who need emotional or financial support to stay in her home. As for those supportive residences? They're not too shabby. In 2016, she sold her "Spanish hacienda-style house," as the Los Angeles Times described it, with a private "tennis court and two swimming pools," for $3.875 million, before purchasing fellow star Kirsten Dunst's two-story lakefront L.A. residence for a cool $4.55 million in 2019.

Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord are just getting started

In addition to Iain Armitage, Young Sheldon helped launch the careers of his TV siblings Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord. Jordan, who was born in Texas, got his first big break playing Josh Brolin's son in Netflix's The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter. In 2017, he moved to Los Angeles with his mother after booking the role of Sheldon's bonehead older brother Georgie Cooper at 14 years old. Although it was only his second role, he scored a Young Artist Award nomination in 2018 for the character and already has a reported net worth of $2 million.

According to her Young Sheldon cast bio, Revord knew she wanted to be an actress from "a very early age." She scored "her first recurring role" on Modern Family at just 6 years old, and had guest appearances on Grace and Frankie and Alexa & Katie before booking the role of Sheldon's charmingly normal fraternal twin sister Missy Cooper. Revord has over 224,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares her Reading With Raegan book reviews. As a relatively new child star, her exact net worth is unknown. However, she's paired her sitcom work with commercials for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and her first big feature role in 2017's Wish Upon, where she played a younger version of Joey King's character.

Lance Barber is just happy to be a working actor

Michigan born-actor Lance Barber has enjoyed a steady career of guest spots and recurring roles on shows including The Comeback, Black-ish, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, since his television debut on ER in 2001. He played Jimmy Speckerman, a high school bully from Leonard's past, on The Big Bang Theory in 2011 before booking the role of Sheldon's father George Cooper Sr. on Young Sheldon. While the patriarch is deceased in the parent series and portrayed as a bad father, Barber wanted to bring sympathy to the role, telling CarterMatt that "he is a man who is trying his hardest with what he's got."

Although Barber's career as a "character guy" may seem modest, he enjoys a decent lifestyle, living in Los Angeles with his family; his wife Aliza, who is a chef, and their two children. "We only ever hear about the top 1 percent ... you never hear about the regular people," Barber's mother told Battle Creek Enquirer. "Most of them are ... living their dreams but they live regular lives." Unconfirmed sources estimate Barber's net worth at about $1 million, but he doesn't sweat his bank account. "As an actor we all want more work, and more quality work. But I have zero complaints," Barber told the same outlet, jokingly adding that if he ever moved from Hollywood, he would "remain somehow in some aspect of show business because I love it. And because I have no other skills."

Matt Hobby is continuing to build his blueprint

Matt Hobby converted his successful sketch comedy career at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre into a string of guest appearances on Boardwalk Empire, Hart of Dixie, and The Grinder before landing a recurring role on Young Sheldon as Pastor Jeff Hodgkins-Difford. He plays the buoyant but pragmatic preacher who often challenges the boy wonder despite their religious differences. After the show's first two seasons, Hobby was "upped to a series regular," per Deadline.

Hobby is married to fellow actress Mary Grill, who's been on shows like The Mindy Project, Mad Men, and Veep. She even portrayed Pastor Jeff's bride, Robin, on Young Sheldon's third season. Hobby told TV Insider that working together was "surprisingly emotional," and after having children and being together for seven years, it was "a powerful reminder of how lucky I am." While his exact net worth is unknown, it's suspected that he has a similar net worth to his wife who clocks in at $600,000 according to unconfirmed reports.

Hollywood mainstay Wallace Michael Shawn has been everywhere

You probably recognize recurring guest star Wallace Michael Shawn, who plays college professor Dr. John Sturgis and Meemaw's sometimes sweetheart. The storied actor is also a playwright and essayist with notable roles in The Princess Bride, Clueless, and Gossip Girl, as well as a lengthy stint as the voice of Rex in the Toy Story series. He reportedly lives in Chelsea, New York with his partner of 40 years, award-winning writing professor Deborah Eisenberg. The two seem to mutually enjoy the benefits of their established careers although they remain unmarried, with Eisenberg calling Shawn her "boyfriend" and "sweetheart" in a 2018 interview with The New York Times interview. "I'm not a good cook, but I like to keep Wally fed," she also cheekily confessed to the outlet. 

Thanks to his esteemed career in film, television, and theater — his play Aunt Dan and Lemon won an OBIE Award in 1991 (via Playbill) — Shawn is worth $8 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. Looking to book the quirky actor for a speaking gig? His fees will reportedly cost you between $15,000 to $25,000.

Recurring star McKenna Grace is already a big name in her own right

Although her first role was only in 2012, child actress McKenna Grace has already worked alongside some of Hollywood's biggest players, including Chris Evans, Brie Larson, and Margot Robbie, in films like Gifted, Captain Marvel, and I, Tonya, respectively. The former scored Grace a nomination for Best Young Performer at the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards. She joined Young Sheldon in season three, playing rival child genius Paige Swanson whom Sheldon initially views as a competitor, but later learns to sympathize with.

Between her recurring role on Sheldon, as well as appearances in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Fuller House, and 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the young actress shows no sign of slowing down. Grace's net worth reflects her busy filmography, with multiple unconfirmed reports estimating she is worth between $1 million and $5 million, and reportedly takes home between $10,000 and $15,000 per episode.

Craig T. Nelson went from welfare to Hawaii beachfront

By the time Craig T. Nelson joined the cast of Young Sheldon as baseball coach Dale Ballard in season three, he was already an esteemed Hollywood name. While he's had a handful of notable roles between Parenthood, My Name is Earl, Disney's The Incredibles, and the sitcom Coach, which won him an Emmy, his success was hard-earned. According to Nelson's archived entry for Biography, Nelson dropped out of college in 1969 to try his luck in Hollywood. While he encountered mild success, it wasn't enough to support his family at the time. He was on "food stamps and welfare" before scoring his big break in 1982's Poltergeist, as he told Fox News correspondent Glenn Beck and his humble upbringing seemed to underscore his politically conservative viewpoints. During the same interview in 2009, he advocated not paying taxes as he believed the government mishandled funds.

Nelson has been married to former actress Doria Cook-Nelson since 1987 and has three children with his former wife. Between his TV and film gigs, the actor is reportedly worth $50 million, with his speaking fees allegedly running in the ballpark of $25,000 to $40,000. According to a 2020 Los Angeles Times report, Nelson listed his five-acre Hawaii hideaway home on the market for $14 million, which indicated a nice long-term profit potential. He reportedly purchased the idyllic beachfront property from Beach Boys star Brian Wilson for $1.3 million in 1995.