Meryl Streep Net Worth, Salary, and Earnings

If you’ve ever seen the movie Sophie’s Choice or The Devil Wears Prada, you will have a good idea of how good Meryl Streep is on the movie set. You might be wondering just who is she really and how much is she worth. In this article, we will share with you exactly that.

Who is Meryl Streep and How Much is She Worth


Full name

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep

Date of Birth

June 22, 1949






5 ft 5 Inch (1.68 m)



Source of Wealth


Annual Income

$5 Million

Net Worth

$100 Million

Last Updated

September 2023

Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep was born on June 22, 1949. She later became an actress with many awards and recognition. Streep has often been referred to as “the best actress of her generation”. She has a broad range of accent adaptability and accent.

She has gotten numerous accolades throughout her career spanning over four decades, including a record 21 Academy Award nominations, winning three, and a record 32 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning eight.

Meryl Streep is an award-winning film actress who has a net worth of $100 million. Meryl Streep is one of the most loved and well acclaimed actresses of her peers.

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Throughout her career, she has gotten three Academy Awards (out of 21 nominations), two BAFTAS, two Emmy Awards and eight Golden Globes, amongst others.

Meryl is constantly among the list of the highest-paid movie actresses in the world. For example, she earned $25 million between September 2019 and September 2020 through her various acting engagements.

Her single-movie salary is $20 million, but she has been recorded to accept lower payment for crucial roles or roles that came with a cut of the backend revenue.

Early Life

Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep was born in Summit, New Jersey, on June 22, 1949. She has two younger brothers, Dana David and Harry William who are also actors.

Her mother, Mary Wilkinson Streep, was an art editor and commercial artist and her father, Harry William Streep Jr., was a pharmaceutical executive.

Streep attended Bernards High Schools in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she was a cheerleader and won homecoming queen her senior year. She also appeared in numerous school plays, and took opera lessons from Estelle Liebling for four years.

Streep continued her education at Vassar College, graduating in 1971. She became interested in serious theater when she acted in the play “Miss Julie” at Vassar in 1969. She then pursued an MFA at Yale School of Drama, which she received in 1975. 

While studying at Yale, she took on jobs to support herself through typing jobs and waitressing and appeared in over a dozen stage productions a year.

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Salary Highlights

Streep earned $35,000 for 1978’s “The Deer Hunter”. That’s the same as around $140,000 today after adjusting for inflation. A year after she made $85,000 for “Kramer Vs. Kramer”, the same as $340,000 today. 

Throughout the 1980s, Streep consistently made $4 million per film. More recently, she has been known to earn as much as $20 million for a film, or $10 million if the project includes backend profits. 

She accepted just $1 million to star in 2011’s “The Iron Lady”, and then proceeded to donate the entire amount to the Women’s History Museum.


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