It certainly pays to be a doctor, but how much does it pay to be in the medical field on-screen? Fans of the long-running ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy are curious about just how much their favorite TV doctors take home per episode. As you can imagine, Ellen Pompeo and the rest of the gang, including alums Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Capshaw and Katherine Heigel, make bank.
Since joining Grey’s in 2005, Ellen has a good reason for why she’s remained on the medical drama for so long. “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,” she once told People. “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.”
A lot has happened to Ellen since she first took on the role of Dr. Meredith Grey. In 2007, the Daredevil actress got married to her husband, Chris Ivery, and welcomed their first child, daughter Stella, together in 2009. After that, they had two more kids, Eli and Sienna, in 2014 and 2016. But despite all of her life’s changes, Ellen never left Grey’s for a better job opportunity.
“Everywhere I go — whether it’s Italy, whether it’s France, London, Kansas — the people come up to me with tears in their eyes and tell me how meaningful the show is to them,” she gushed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “And for my parents to now see me as an actor getting a part on this show, has just been everything.”
Ellen, as well as Patrick, Jessica and Katherine, aren’t the only ones who have become familiar faces on the beloved series. Throughout the years, Grey’s fans have said hello and goodbye to plenty of big stars, including the latest actor to leave the show, Jesse Williams. Jesse’s exit from Grey’s, which comes after 12 seasons, was announced in May 2021.
Fortunately, fans were in for an exciting surprise when Kate Walsh announced she’s set to reprise her role of Addison Montgomery. The actress revealed the news on the show’s Twitter account in September 2021, marveling over how thrilled she is to make her “grand return” to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
“Well, well, well. Would you look who it is? That’s right, my loves, doctor Addison Montgomery is coming back,” Kate stated in a video, saying she’s “so excited to be home again” with Shonda Rhimes, Ellen and “the rest of the incredible cast.” Though the Private Practice alum didn’t say when she will be featured in the show, she told fans to “wait until you see what [Addison] has in store for you.”
In the meantime, scroll through the gallery below to find out the individual net worths of the biggest Grey’s stars!
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