EXCLUSIVE: Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein is heading into the third season of USA Network’s flagship series with a big salary bump. I hear Feuerstein, who was making around $75,000 an episode, will now see his pay double to about $135,000 an episode ($140,000-150,000 if additional compensation, including bonuses, is factored in.) In exchange, under his renegotiated deal with Royal Pains producer Universal Cable Prods., I hear Feuerstein is adding an extra year to his current contract for the show.

Royal Pains, starring Feuerstein as a concierge doctor in the Hamptons, has become USA’s highest-rated series in total viewers and adults 18-49. Last year, it averaged 7.3 million viewers and 3.1 million in 18-49. Production on Season 3 of the show is slated to begin shortly.  Renegotiating lead actors’ contracts for a bigger paycheck is common practice after the second season of successful series. Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, the stars of USA’s other series heading into Season 3, White Collar, also recently received significant salary increases. Feuerstein is with UTA and Framework.