Tax returns from PBS’s Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072 for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone’s favorite yellow-feathered friend since 1969, a true blue member of the One Percent.

But Mr Spinney isn’t even the highest paid member of the puppetry staff. Jospeh Mazzarino, who plays Murray, Stinky the Stinkweed, the Two-Headed Monster, Papa Bear and directs some episodes, makes a cool half a million.

The other characters make around on average between $300,000 and $450,000 per year in salary.

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