Sure, it certainly pays to be a doctor, but how much does it pay to be in the medical field solely on-screen? Many fans of the long-running ABC drama Grey's Anatomy are curious about just how much their favorite TV doctors take home per episode. And what about their net worths, specifically Ellen Pompeo? As you can imagine, she and the rest of the gang make bank.
Previously, Ellen has gone on record about her decision to stay loyal to Grey's. "My decision to stay on was based solely on age. At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood," the now 48-year-old said. "I thought, 'Why would I leave something that is super successful and pays me great to search the landscape?' I decided that I would stay on Grey's and be grateful and try to ride it out for as long as I could. And I am very happy that I made the decision to stay. It’s only gotten better with time."
Keep reading to find out the individual net worths of all the current Grey's stars!
Ellen Pompeo — $30 million
According to WetPaint, the lead star is making quite a lot of money. Raking in $350,000 per episode (and soon to be $550,000 per episode), Ellen brings home a total of $8.4 for each season of Grey's. Playing the same character on a long-running television show (we're talking a decade), certainly has its benefits! Even with all that cash being made, however, Ellen is still behind Sofia Vergara and Kayley Cuoco, who are currently the highest paid actresses on TV, however, her new two-year contract is said to make her the highest paid.
Jessica Capshaw — $20 million
Jessica didn't become a series staple until Season 6 but it's not just her Grey's paycheck that's contributing to such a hefty net worth. Jessica first endured a long-time run on the show The Practice before joining the hospital ranks. Not to mention her husband Christopher Gavigan is a co-founder of the Jessica Alba-led Honest Company... cha-ching!
Sara Ramirez — $5 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth Sara's work on Grey's is just one the many projects that keeps her net worth so high. The Mexican-Irish-American also gets a steady paycheck from her regular role on Disney Junior's Sofia the First, on which she voices Queen Miranda. Sara has also starred on Broadway and appeared in shows like Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, and As the World Turns.
Justin Chambers — $4-18 million
Aside from Ellen, Justin is one of the last original cast members still on the show. It's been reported that he takes home $125,000 per episode but with five kids to take care of, we're sure that's where a lot of the family's money goes. Celebrity Net Worth reports Justin's worth as $18 million — though there are many conflicting reports — from his Grey's success and past days a Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani model. WetPaint has Justin's net worth listed as only $4 million.
Jesse Williams — $8 million
Jesse plays Dr. Jackson Avery on the medical drama but has had plenty of other acting appearances in movies like Cabin in the Woods and even a cameo in Rihanna's music video for "Russian Roulette." In 2012, he founded his own production company, farWord, Inc. and has also modeled for Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger.
James Pickens Jr. — $3 million
The 62-year-old has had an acting career spanning more than three decades. James has starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington, performed in the theater, and appeared in too many TV shows to name. He reportedly takes home $125K per Grey's episode.
Sarah Drew — $3 million
Dr. April Kepner has appeared in tons of projects before her Grey's days. She voiced a character on the animated series Daria, played Hannah Rogers on Everwood, and starred in the movie Mom's Night Out with Trace Adkins.
Chandra Wilson — $2 million
The most recent reports suggest Chandra takes home $125K per episode, a number that has likely grown in recent years. Chandra also made a killing starring in those Folger commercials from the early 2000s. The best part of waking up... is getting paid to drink coffee!
Kevin McKidd — $2 Million
Grey's income is nice but pair it with an endorsement deal with a whiskey distillery and you're totally set. Kevin has appeared in whiskey ads — shot by famed photographer Annie Liebovitz — and has also worked on video games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.