Her Wallet Is Its Own Form of Euphoria! Inside Zendaya's Net Worth In 2023 and How She Earned It
Find out how much she makes per episode of "Euphoria" and more.
Zendaya's net worth is massive because the woman truly does it all.
She's a model, singer, dancer, actress, designer, brand ambassador—and a consummate professional throughout. The former Disney star has navigated the tricky waters from kid celeb to A-list adult while managing to keep her private life very private and her feet squarely on the ground.
For all of her seemingly endless talents and skills, the 26-year-old credits going with her gut as the secret to her success.
She told Vogue Australia (with her signature candor, of course), "There's no real blueprint at the end of the day for any of this s**t. As people, we don't know what we're doing. It’s not like I can say, 'This is the kind of career I want to have, so I'm going to do what this person did.' I didn't really have a map to know what the right thing was. The only kind of guide I had was my instincts and gut. So I've just been trying to follow that, and I think that has served me very well."
Despite her incredible success, Zendaya confessed to British Voguethat she still has financial anxiety.
"My mother's a saver, and so I try to keep that in mind," she explained. "Then my dad's like, 'You know, you can't spend it when you're dead,' kind of thing. I'm somewhere in between." She added, "The hope is to have a career where you can be in a position, financially, to just do things you want to do because you enjoy the work and not have to worry about the other things... But I'm always like, 'I will always need to work.' Because if I don't work then everything can be gone tomorrow."
Because she's so detail-oriented, Zendaya has taken to making herself much more aware of the business side of showbiz and poring over contracts carefully, admitting that when she was younger, she left those boring parts up to her parents.
"When you have more of a corporate structure, there are promotions and you move up in the ranks. In this avenue, it's kind of like, 'I don't know what I'm doing now,'" she's said of working in entertainment. "What I urge a lot of people to understand about this business is that it also is a business. It's the entertainment industry, and it's important to remember that money and contracts are involved. I try to be prepared and understand as much as I can about that too."
Good thing for her: Zendaya's net worth is high enough where she wouldn't necessarily need to work for the rest of her life unless she felt like it. Find out how much the Dune, Euphoria and Spider-Man: No Way Home star is worth and how she got there.
What is Zendaya's net worth in 2023?
Zendaya's net worth in 2023 is estimated at $20 million.
How did Zendaya become famous?
Zendaya got her start as a model and dancer, working mostly in commercials. Peep her in a Sears commercial as a kid alongside none other than Selena Gomez!
Zendaya's big break came in 2010, when she starred on The Disney Channel's Shake It Up with Bella Thorne. Her role as Rocky Blue propelled her to fame among the tween set, and she starred in several other Disney Channel projects, including A.N.T. Farm, Good Luck Charlie, Frenemies, Zapped, and K.C. Undercover, to name a few.
She released a debut single, "Replay," and a self-titled debut album in 2013.
Zendaya left the House of Mouse for good in 2018, writing, "The end of an era. On to the next. Thank you for continuing to grow with me."
Following her Disney tenure, she also competed on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, coming in second place.
What is Zendaya's last name?
Zendaya's last name is Coleman. She dropped her last name professionally—not because she doesn't love it, but because she wanted to imitate two of her idols. "I [dropped my last name because I] just thought it was cool," she told Allure in 2016. "Like Cher or Prince."
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What is Zendaya's real name?
Zendaya's full real name is Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman. (And for the record, her first name is pronounced exactly how it's spelled: "zen-day-uh," not "zen-die-yuh.") She explained to Teen Vogue, "I think a lot of people see my name and think it's more fancy than it is. They think 'Zendaya' like 'papaya.' It's just day."
Is Zendaya a millionaire?
Zendaya is, in fact, a multimillionaire! Her net worth is estimated at $20 million.
What did Zendaya win an Emmy for?
Zendaya won the 2020 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria. She was the youngest actress to ever win in that category. Her speech, delivered at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (and before vaccines were available for most individuals), was a testament not just to her professionalism and elegance, but also to hope.
"I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that," she said, "but there is hope in the young people. And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you, and yeah, thank you so, so much! This is—whoa, okay, thank you!"
She later expounded on her speech's message in a conversation with Dune co-star Timothée Chalamet for Elle.
"My intention there was really just to be honest, because it feels like a very hopeless time, specifically in this country," she said. "I know a lot of my peers feel enraged and exhausted and tired of living and growing up in a system that feels like it wasn't built for us. At this moment in time, it is hard to find joy and beauty in things, and I really think that is important. Right now, we as Black people need to embrace joy and not let it be taken away from us."
What is Zendaya doing now?
Zendaya is still acting, with roles including Rue in Euphoria, MJ in the MCU Spider-Man films and Chani in the remake of Dune (and its upcoming sequels), along with several projects in pre-production. She is also a producer on the upcoming A White Lie and Be My Baby, and is a spokesmodel for Lancôme, Bvlgari and Valentino.
She made a deliberate choice to step away from music and focus on acting, explaining to Vogue Australia that actors are typically afforded somewhat more privacy than singers from the public. "I got worn out on music, because the industry felt like it wasn't really for the music, and it didn't make me happy," she said. "So I allowed myself to step away from it until that passion comes back or until I'm ready to step back into it."
She's also an activist and uses her platform to raise the volume for Black voices in media and longs to use her power for good.
"Other than becoming a director, my dream is to create my own things. I would love to make films that allow space for young up-and-coming artists, writers, and filmmakers—because especially with Black talent, it's not a lack thereof; it's a lack of opportunity," she told InStyle. "I'd like to give those opportunities: Partner upcoming filmmakers with different writers and mentorships, connect them with the actors they want to see in their films, and create those special bonds. And make sure they get paid and taken care of."
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How much did Zendaya get paid for Euphoria?
According to a February 2023 report, Zendaya gets paid $1 million per episode of Euphoria for Season 3 and beyond.
Zendaya's Euphoria salary for earlier seasons isn't publicly known, but Sydney Sweeney, her co-star, reportedly made $325,000 for 13 episodes. Seeing as Zendaya was not only the main character in the series, but also served as an executive producer on the project, she likely made at least twice that amount.
Zendaya gushed to Vogue Australia that playing Rue was important to her for the impact it had on viewers' lives. "It's been very, very special. I think the most special thing is when people come up and say: 'Hey, I really needed that,' or 'That was my story and I just want to say thank you,'" she said. "The fact that the story was so personal and that it couldn't have been written by anyone who hadn't lived it, people are going to respond to it. The creator, Sam Levinson, put words to feelings that people have a tough time being able to articulate, whether it be around mental health or depression. I'm just extremely lucky that I was able to be a part of that story and really humanize what Rue is going through, which is what I think a lot of people have gone through or are going through. For every person who says something to me about what the show meant to them, it warms my heart — and it means we're doing something right."
How much did Zendaya make from Spider-Man?
Zendaya's apparently spun up quite the fortune from playing MJ in the latest Spider-Man franchise. It was reported in February 2022 that the most recent Spider-Man movie up to that point, December 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home, paid her $10 million just in bonuses, suggesting there was some upfront amount she was paid before that as well.
To give some more contest, the franchise's titular star (and Zendaya paramour) Tom Holland reportedly earned $250,000 for his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War and $500,000 for the first Spider-Man film, then $3 million for Avengers: Infinity War; he is believed to be earning $3 million to $4 million for his projects since—but again, that may just be his upfront pay; he's almost certainly got bonuses baked into his contract just like Zendaya.
Zendaya revealed that nabbing the role of MJ in the Marvel franchise was a complete shock—but a pleasant surprise.
"I had no idea that was coming," she told InStyle. "I actually went to see Spider-Man on my first date when I was 16. The version with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone."
How much did Zendaya make from Shake It Up?
Zendaya's Shake It Up salary isn't publicly known, but at least one report suggests she made $140,000 for her three seasons on the show—which seems dramatically low; our best guess is that she likely earned at least that much per season.
How much did Zendaya make from The Greatest Showman?
Zendaya sang, danced and performed trapeze in The Greatest Showman. Her salary for the film isn't known, but she trained extensively for the role and had to overcome her fear of heights to boot. "There's singing involved, there's acting involved, there's dancing involved. It literally plays to everything that I love," she told The Hollywood Reporter. She added of performing with Zac Efron, "When you're immediately harnessed together and are just immediately running to each other in the air, that's a really great icebreaker. That just really bonds you quite quickly."
How much did Zendaya get paid for Malcolm and Marie?
Zendaya's salary for Malcolm & Marie isn't publicly known, but however much it paid, she seems pretty happy about it: She told InStyle that filming the movie during quarantine unleashed creativity she didn't realize she had before. "I think this is a new chapter for me. There are a lot of people learning how to be creative during this time and learning how to take a leap while doing it safely in quarantine," she said. "It was interesting to experience that with my film Malcolm & Marie, and I'm really proud of that. I also have so many beautiful projects to look forward to. How the world is going to be able to see them, I don't really know. But that's when it's time to get even more innovative and figure out how we are going to exist in this industry with this new world."
How much did Zendaya make for Space Jam?
Zendaya's salary for voicing Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy isn't publicly known, but she was incredibly flattered and excited to play the iconic animated character.
"I got a call from Ryan Coogler, who is a producer on the film... I've always wanted to work with him," she told Entertainment Weekly. "So when he called, I was like, 'I'm probably going to say yes to whatever you tell me.' And when he told me about this, I was like, 'Whoa, this is a big deal.' They had already started that reimagining of what she was, and I guess there's some spiritual connection between who Lola is in this film and maybe who Zendaya is, and maybe my voice would make sense for that new version of who she is. So I felt very lucky that they wanted to do that with me. And it was a nice small part, so there's pressure for sure, but it could be worse—it could be all me. So there wasn't too much weight on my shoulders. But it was a really special experience, and I just leaned on our incredible director Malcolm to take the lead and tell me what he wanted. And I really enjoyed myself."
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How much did Zendaya get paid for Euphoria per episode?
Reports have claimed that her Euphoria co-star, up-and-comer Sydney Sweeney, made $25,000 per episode. Seeing as Zendaya was already a household name, as well as an executive producer of the show, chances are she made at least twice that amount per episode, likely at minimum $50,000.
After renegotiating her salary, Zendaya makes $1 million per episode for Season 3 and beyond.
How much does Zendaya make per Instagram post?
Zendaya isn't into #sponcon per se, as in you won't see her shilling flat tummy tea or anything else considered low-brow. She does, however, use her platform to give even more visibility to her brand endorsements, which have included Tommy Hilfiger, Beats by Dre, Dolce and Gabbana, Bvlgari, Valentino, Cover Girl, Lancôme, Boohoo, Chi Haircare, and even her own shoe line (Daya by Zendaya) and Mattel Barbie doll throughout her career. That said, the specific numbers for each of her endorsements hasn't been reported.
Zendaya makes a point to not post too often to the platform. She told InStyle in fall 2021, "I haven't been posting, and my fans probably hate it, which I understand. But I get too overwhelmed with having to post things, and if I think too much about it, I'm not gonna do it. It's not worth it." She added, "I'd rather do what I love and then post when I have a project to promote."
How much did Zendaya make for K.C. Undercover?
Zendaya reportedly made $400,000 per season of K.C. Undercover. She told Glamour that the role was an important one for her.
"I didn't feel like there was any other choice. I was like, 'If I'm going to do this, this is how it has to be. There needs to be a black family on the Disney Channel,'" she recalled. "A lot of people who aren't people of color can’t quite understand what it's like to grow up and not see yourself in mainstream media. And you know, there is so much work left to be done. I've talked about this before, but can I honestly say I would be in the position I'm in if I weren't a lighter-skinned black woman? No."
How much did Zendaya make for Dune?
Zendaya's Dune salary isn't known, but she told Empire that she wasn't actually on the set of the film for very long.
"I was only there for four days and I did not want to leave," she said, adding that director Denis Villeneuve was a dream to work with. "I don't want to jinx anything but I can't wait to explore her more. I hope I get to learn more from Denis. I love to learn from people who are great at their job."
Does Zendaya do charity work?
Zendaya is an outspoken activist for the Black community, especially Black women, and a staunch supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She also has worked with UNICEF throughout her time in the spotlight.
How much does Zendaya make from Lancôme?
Zendaya's salary for Lancôme isn't publicly known, but she's been with the brand since February 2019, promoting their fragrances and cosmetics. The brand previously paid Julia Roberts a whopping $50 million to serve as a spokesmodel, so you can imagine Zendaya commanded at least seven figures for her deal with the beauty giant.
The brand isn't her first rodeo as the face of a beauty brand—she previously worked with Cover Girl.
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