Guy Gardener wrote:
(Did Dawson get paid for episodes she wasn't in as her maternity leave?)
If I understand it correctly, actors in the opening credits get paid a set amount whether they are in an episode or not. They only get additional
repeat royalties for episodes in which they appear.
What made Grace Lee Whitney's contract so expensive in TOS was that she was paid for the first 13 episodes, whether in them or not. And the writers only put her in six. Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett were "cheaper" in that they were only paid the weeks/days they worked.
So, yes, Roxann Dawson would have been paid all seven years, including her maternity leave. And extra when she directed.