Dwight Schrute III is a fictional character in the well-known US television sitcom The Office. He’s played in a subdued, high camp by Rainn Wilson. Dwight is one of the highest-ranking salesmen as well as “Assistant Regional Manager” at a paper distribution company called Dunder Mifflin. He also owns a bed-and-breakfast, Schrute Farms, a beet plantation, and a business park in which Dunder Mifflin exists.
NBC’s The Office is one of the most binge-watched comedies of the past few decades thanks to a rabid cult-like following on Netflix. The show deservedly won 45 awards (186 nominations) because the writing was just as clever as the acting was stellar.
The Office aired on NBC from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013, lasting nine seasons.
The show never would’ve seen such commercial success without Steve Carrell’s take on Michael Scott as the lead character or without Pam and Jim’s romance over the years. Likewise, The Office would not have gone down as one of the greatest TV comedies in history without Rainn Wilson’s take on Dwight K. Schrute. If there was ever a spin-off show from The Office, the one character it might’ve worked for best is Dwight. His backstory was absurdly developed from Day One.
The Imperious Nerd That is Dwight
Dwight was mercilessly pranked in The Office. The very first prank Jim pulled was among the best. Jim encases Dwight’s stapler in a Jell-O mold and then hides it under his desk. When Dwight finds this strange concoction, he immediately blames Jim, who gets indignant and asks how he knew it was him. How? Jim was eating from a giant pot of Jell-O.
He is notorious for his lack of social skills and common sense, his love for martial arts and the justice system. He’s a volunteer sheriff’s deputy! Other interesting facets of Dwight are his rivalry with fellow salesman Jim Halpert and his romantic relationship with Angela. He has risen to the position of acting Branch Manager of the Scranton branch and was also, for a time, the Vice President of Special Projects Development for the Sabre Corporation. In the final season, Dwight is finally offered the position of permanent Regional Manager.
Dwight Still Has a Twitter account!
The television show may be done filming, but Dwight still tweets occasionally, even if he hasn’t done so since May 2017. And don’t worry fans; he hasn’t changed. He’s still just as awkward! “And I did not become a Lackawanna County volunteer sheriff’s deputy to make friends. And by the way, I haven’t.”
But don’t worry! He’s still proud of himself in a lofty and smug way. “Nothing stresses me out. Except having to seek the approval of my inferiors.” We know how you feel Dwight! We felt that way about our last set of coworkers too.
How much did Rainn make per episode of The Office?
The richest cast member from The Office is Steve Carell. Not only did the actor have the highest salary on the show, but he also went on to work on (and create) some highly successful films, earning him a $50 million net worth.
Not much definite information is publicly available about how Wilson’s salary for his portrayal of Dwight. However, since that he was a main character, he likely made around $20,000 per episode in the early seasons and then $100,000 later on — just like his co-stars Jenna Fischer, who played Pam, and John Krasinski, who plays her “starting in the fourth season” boyfriend Jim.
Looks like The Office was a Great Career Move for Wilson!
All the unconscious humility has had its perks. Rainn was relatively unknown before he played Dwight. He’d acted in the 1999 Galaxy Quest, with Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. He’d had a role in the cult classic Almost Famous in 2000. He had a recurring role as another adorable weirdo on HBO’s Six Feet Under, playing the mom’s freaky, younger, live-in boyfriend, Arthur. But he wasn’t a hugely recognizable actor. Rainn earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, for his work in The Office, which spanned 2005 to 2013.
And he has certainly not fallen into obscurity since the show, even if the Dwight character will probably dominate most people’s imaginations when it comes to his busy, lengthy career in entertainment.
Since The Office
Rainn has been working steadily. In 2014 and 2015 respectively he had roles in the independent horror comedy Cooties and the thriller The Boy. Wilson played detective Everett Backstrom in the Fox crime-drama Backstrom and appeared as a guest start on the television show Roadies in 2016.
To name a few more recent endeavors: in 2017, Wilson voiced the character Gargamel in a 2017 animated reboot of The Smurfs. He also starred in the independent comedy film Permanent alongside Patricia Arquette. Wilson starred in the 2017 Shimmer Lake, by Netflix, and The Meg, by Warner Brothers, 2018.
He’s long been working behind the scenes in show business as well, with writing credits, a handful of directing gigs, and several producer credits, including 15 episodes of The Office. And as if all that wasn’t enough, Wilson founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake. “SoulPancake tackles the universality of the human experience. We are the dreamers, misfits, artists, activists, and innovators who have the power to positively change the world.”
So Is He Rich?
Certainly compared to an average member of the beleaguered, American workforce he is! According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has a fortune estimated at $14 million in 2019. That’ll sure buy you a lot of new staplers if you don’t want to clean all the jello out of them. Wilson has made all that money in various ways in addition to acting. He’s also worked behind the scenes in show business, with a few writing credits and a handful of directing jobs as well as several producing credits. Many people don’t know this, but he directed fifteen episodes of The Office! I’d say he’s done quite well for himself as a character actor.