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Only Money in the Building! Steve Martin’s Net Worth in 2024

Steve Martin

Steve Martin may be playing washed-up TV actor Charles-Haden Savage on Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, but in real life his star shines bright as ever—and he's got the massive net worth to prove it.

After gaining prominence as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s, Martin diversified his career to include acting, writing and banjo playing. He's starred in such classics as Father of the Bride and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, and written bestselling books like his memoir, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life.

“My wife keeps saying, ‘You always say you’re going to retire and then you always come up with something,’” Martin told The Hollywood Reporter in 2022. “I’m really not interested in retiring. I’m not. But I would just work a little less. Maybe.”

Read on to learn more about how Martin has managed to stay relevant (and hilarious) for more than six decades, and how much money he's earned along the way.

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How did Steve Martin get his start?

Steve Martin started paving the way for his comedy career back in the 1960s, when he was still a student at Long Beach State College in California. During this period, he worked at Disneyland as a musician and magician, and performed his comedy-and-banjo act in the local nightclub circuit. After transferring to UCLA in 1967, he was offered his first major comedy-writing job for the hit variety show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. This job would earn him an Emmy in 1969, opening the door for other comedy opportunities, including writing for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, among other variety shows.

As far as his on-camera career, Martin was able to build his following in the early ‘70s with his stand-up performances on a number of TV shows, most notably The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. At the time, receiving the nod of approval from Carson could make-or-break a comedian’s career—and it made Martin's.

By the 1980s, the funnyman had become a bonafide movie star, appearing in such classics as Three Amigos! (with longtime collaborator Martin Short), Roxanne, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. He's since maintained a multi-faceted career that includes acting, writing, stand-up and more.

What is Steve Martin's net worth in 2024?

Celebrity Net Worth reports that Steve Martin’s net worth in 2024 is $200 million. Martin has grown his fortune through his successful work as a comedian, actor, screenwriter, playwright, film and TV producer, author and musician.

How much does Steve Martin make per movie?

The amount that Steve Martin makes per movie has varied throughout the years, with his salary depending on the size of his role as well as the scope of it (in some cases, for instance, he works as both an actor and a writer). Of course, a film’s budget also impacts his payday.

For one of his earliest movie roles, 1979’s The Jerk, Martin was reportedly paid $600,000 upfront as well as 50% of the film’s gross profits (meaning its profits after expenses). As the movie earned $73.7 million at the box-office (the equivalent of around $302 million today), it's safe to say that, even after costs were deducted, the project was a lucrative one for Martin.

How much did Steve Martin make for Pink Panther?

One of Martin’s biggest paydays to date was for his 2006 remake The Pink Panther. He was reportedly paid $25 million to star in the film plus an additional $3 million to rewrite the script. Who knew detective work could bring in the big bucks?

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What movies has Steve Martin starred in?

Oh goodness, what a question! Considering Steve Martin has been acting onscreen since the 1970s, he has certainly amassed quite the repertoire. As of this writing, Martin has appeared in roughly 55 movies, including his uncredited cameos.

Martin is best associated with his leading roles in:

  • The Jerk (1979)

  • Pennies from Heaven (1981)

  • All of Me (1984)

  • Three Amigos! (1986)

  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

  • Parenthood (1989)

  • L.A.Story (1991)

  • Father of the Bride (1991)

  • Grand Canyon (1991)

  • Father of the Bride Part II (1995)

  • Bowfinger (1999)

  • Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

  • The Pink Panther (2006)

  • The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

  • It’s Complicated (2009)

How much does Steve Martin make for Only Murders in the Building?

In 2021, Variety reported that Steve Martin earned $600,000 per episode for his role in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. However, given the fact that Martin also co-created the series alongside John Hoffman, in addition to writing one episode (so far), it's likely he also earns an additional payday on top of his acting salary.

As one of the creators of the series, Martin likely also owns a portion of the show’s intellectual property, which could earn him more money than his co-stars when it comes to factors like residuals and syndication rights.

Setting those caveats aside, Martin makes at least $6 million for a 10-episode season of OMITB. Not too shabby!

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How much does Steve Martin make for his stand-up?

Steve Martin has spent countless hours—days! weeks! months!—of his life doing standup. His specific income for that work hasn't been publicly disclosed, but like any comedian, Martin has earned his standup money through a combination of ticket sales and merchandise sales. While it's challenging to pinpoint an exact figure, it's safe to say that established and iconic comedians such as Martin command substantial fees for their performances. Starting in May 2024, he'll tour with Martin Short for The Dukes of Funnytown.

What books has Steve Martin written?

Steve Martin has written several books, including fiction and nonfiction works. These include:

  • Cruel Shoes (1977), a collection of short stories.

  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays (1996), a compilation of Martin's plays, including the title play about a fictional meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso.

  • Pure Drivel (1998), a collection of funny essays

  • Shopgirl (2000), a novella that Martin later adapted into a movie starring him and Claire Danes 

  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life (2007), a memoir.

  • An Object of Beauty (2010), a novel that explores the art world through the life of a driven young woman working the scene in New York

Where does Steve Martin live now?

Steve Martin has been a longtime resident of Manhattan, where his series Only Murders in the Building currently films. However, Martin and his wife of 15 years, Anne Stringfield, and their daughter, Mary (the comedian’s only child, born in December 2012), spend their summers in Santa Barbara.

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