Grey’s Anatomy Cast Salary – How Much Did They Make Per Episode?
“Grey’s Anatomy” has carved a niche for viewers over the course of 19 eventful seasons as the recipe for routine doses of emotionally compelling medical drama. The series consistently garners significant ratings for home network ABC while focusing on the arduous professions and intense personal lives of the core ensemble of medical professionals at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital (via Rotten Tomatoes). The longest-running medical drama in television history is supported by fan favorites such as Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Gray, Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as dr. Richard Webber, Sandra Oh as former doctor Cristina Yang, and a cast of additional doctors, nurses and interns (according to The Hollywood Reporter).
We can bet that the entire cast is fairly compensated for their time since the show is such a long-running, high-profile network hit, with the longest-running performers receiving salaries that make everyone’s heart beat faster. In light of this, what kind of numbers are we referring to when we talk about the real paychecks given to the fictional medical professionals on the enduringly popular TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”?
The paychecks for the cast of Grey’s Anatomy are pretty healthy
The highest paid actors on “Grey’s Anatomy” earn equally eye-popping sums without having to worry about the tedious costs of medical school, unlike actual doctors, surgeons and other high level medical professionals, who earn annual salaries ranging from hundreds to thousands. to millions of dollars.
Ellen Pompeo, a member of the original cast and a super doctor, earns $550,000 a year, according to Forbes. Impressive, right? However, that’s per episode, not per year. Do you keep worrying that the celebrity won’t have just enough money to get by? She reportedly earns $575,000 for cleaning up in every episode, according to a piece in The Hollywood Reporter. The same story also states that Pompeo receives an additional $6 to $7 million pay envelope each year as part of her additional contractual bonuses. But wait, there’s more.
Former cast member Sandra Oh, who plays Dr. Yang was also one of the highest paid actors on the show, earning a comfortable $350,000 per episode for her role. James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson, two current stars, each earn $125,000 per episode (via Skycaster). But Patrick Dempsey, a regular from the previous series, also competes for a high pay per episode. Before leaving the franchise in Season 11, he was making a handsome $400,000 per episode while playing Dr. Derek Shepherd was on the show. The longest-running actor on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Kevin McKidd, apparently has to settle for a still-not-bad $83,000 per episode as he directs Dr. Hunt plays (according to TheRichest.com).
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