Ellen Pompeo: This is how much she earned for her role on Grey's Anatomy

The actress who played Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy for many years has announced her departure from the series. But how much did she earn for her role?

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Ellen Pompeo is best known for her role as Dr. Meredith Grey on the hitmedical series Grey's Anatomy. Theactress, who has announced her departure from the series, had held the lead role since its inception in 2005. For 17 years, Ellen Pompeo had been Meredith Grey for millions of viewers around the world. Many wonder how much money the actress earned after so many years on the air.

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Ellen Pompeo, aka Meredith, leaves Grey's Anatomy

On November 17, 2022, Ellen Pompeo dropped a bombshell. In a post on her Instagram account, the actress announced that she was leaving Grey's Anatomy, after 17 years as Dr. Meredith Grey. The announcement is accompanied by words of thanks for fans and their unwavering support since the medical series first aired.

I am eternally grateful and humbled by the love and support you have all shown me, Meredith GREY and the show for 19 seasons! Through it all….none of it …would have been possible without the best fans in the world. You all are RIDERS and you all have made the ride so fun and ICONIC!! I love you madly and appreciate you right back. This isn’t your first time on the rollercoaster… you know the show must go on and I’ll definitely be back to visit. With a lot of love and immense gratitude XoE

Ellen Pompeo's Grey's Anatomy salary

According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Ellen Pompeo's fortune has reached the sum of $80 million - that's a lot of money! The actress owes her fortune primarily to her salary on Grey's Anatomy. In fact, she is said to be one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

While she was already earning a handsome $300,000 per episode, from season 14 onwards she received a raise to $575,000. To this must be added signing bonuses of between $6 and $7 million. In total, Ellen Pompeo's salary for her role as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy was around $20 million per season.

Ellen Pompeo's fight against wage inequality

A few years ago, Ellen Pompeo fought against the salary inequalities she, like many women around the world, suffered. In an interview with TheHollywood Reporter, Ellen Pompeo returned tothis issue:

I'm 48 now, so I'm finally at a stage where I'm asking for what I deserve, it comes with age. Because I'm not the most 'relevant' actress in Hollywood.

The actress also raised a strong argument in favor of her salary increase:

The truth is, anyone can be good on one season of a series, or even two seasons, but can you be good on every season, for fourteen years?! Now it's a question of skill.

Ellen Pompeo reportedly had the support of Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes,who gave her the following advice:

Decide what you think is right to get, and ask for it.

The actress was quick to follow her advice, and it paid off!

This article has been translated from Oh!MyMag FR

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