– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A show like Stranger Things lives and dies by the performances from its child stars. Luckily for the series, the kids hired to play these roles have been nothing short of amazing. As great as the writing material has been for the series, they pulled it off better than anyone could have imagined.

When the show started a couple years back, none of these kids were major stars. However, after the success of the show, they’ve reached the pinnacle of pop culture. With that in mind, it makes sense that they’d be getting a pay raise in the next season of Stranger Things.

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But how much of a pay raise will they get? According to a report from THR, they will be getting a deal worth roughly 12 times their previous ones — as much as $250,000 per episode. This figure only applies to the main quartet of male stars, as breakout star Millie Bobby Brown’s paycheck is still a mystery. It is speculated that she could be making as much as $350,000 per episode.

But of course, the kids aren’t the only stars. The adults pull their weight as well, and the pay grades overall are divided into A, B, and C tiers. A tier is made up of Winona Ryder (Joyce) and David Harbour (Hopper), and they make $350,000 an episode. B tier is made up of the quartet of boys that we mentioned make $250,000 an episode. C tier is made up of Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve), who are each making $150,000 an episode.

Sounds like a good chunk of the budgets will be heading towards the cast in the upcoming season. Hopefully, this doesn’t have a negative effect on the overall VFX, but we’re sure they have a handle on this.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.