The Highest-Paid TV Actress: Ellen Pompeo Net Worth

ellen pompeo net worth

Ellen is an American actress. Pompeo is apparently best known for her acting as Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy. Grey’s Anatomy show made her one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Ellen Pompeo net worth is $80 million. Ellen’s salary is around $20 million per year, thanks to the $550,000 per-episode salary and revenue and syndication royalties.

Early Life Of Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo was born in November 1969 in Massachusetts. Pompeo was brought up Catholic by her parents Kathleen and Joseph Pompeo. Sadly, Ellen’s mother died at age 33 because of the painkiller overdose when she was just five. Ellen’s father remarried soon after. She is the youngest of five siblings–two brothers and three sisters. 

Career of Ellen Pompeo

Pompeo went to Miami, where she worked as a bartender in the mid-1990s. After that, she moved to New York City in 1995 with her boyfriend while pursuing the modeling career. While pursuing her career, Ellen was discovered by the casting director and was invited to appear in several ads for L’Oreal and Citibank. Pompeo made her TV appearance in 1996 when she guest-starred in Law & Order. Ellen’s feature movie appearance was the small part of 1999’s Coming Soon. 

In 2001, she moved to Los Angeles and appeared in the film Mambo Cafe. A turning point came when Ellen was cast in the 2002 film Moonlight Mile, playing the role of Jake Gyllenhaal’s love interest. 

Pompeo’s performance caught the critics’ attention, with several commentators, and Ellen was considered nomination worthy for Academy Award. Ellen performed in Catch Me If You Can in 2002. In 2003 she appeared in the comedy show Old School with Luke Wilson/Will Ferrell. Pompeo then played the role of Naomi, Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend, in the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 movie, although her scenes were cut from the movie. Ellen played in the Marvel film Daredevil role of Karen Page.


Pompeo’s career initiates to the stratosphere after she was chosen in the Grey’s Anatomy ABC medical drama directed by Shonda Rhimes. Ellen was played a lead role as a Meredith Grey surgical intern at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. This show was an instant success and praise from critics. Ellen’s performance has been nominated for five People’s Choice Awards and three wins. Pompeo was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance in 2007. Later that year, She was honored at the National Italian American Foundation for her success in entertainment. Moreover, this show has aired 16 seasons with 363 episodes.

Ellen began her production company, “Calamity Jane,” in 2011, and Ellen’s first project was sold to ABC. In 2014, she appeared in a music video of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. After that, she has been involved with several other projects as the producer, and she made the directorial debut with Grey’s Anatomy in season 13. Moreover, in 2014, Ellen said that she was creating two dramas for ABC studios. Pompeo was listed as the co-producer for the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff named “Station 19.” 

Ellen Pompeo’s Salary

Ellen Pompeo salary for seasons 11 and 12 earned the total of $300,000 per episode, nearly $7.5 million per year. In Grey’s Anatomy seasons 13 and 14, Ellen earned around $350,000 per episode, $8.7 million per year. At this point, Pompeo didn’t own any backend points on this show. So Ellen began negotiations for the new contract.

When negotiations were over, Pompeo walked away with the $575,000 per episode ($14.4 million per season). However,  that is not all! Ellen also was given two backend points on the show’s profits. That brings her an additional $6-7 million every year.

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Personal Life Of Ellen Pompeo

Ellen married the music producer Chris Ivery in November 2007. They met in 2003 at the Los Angeles grocery store. Chris and Ellen have three children together, a son and two daughters.

The media have long-rumored her that she has an eating disorder, which she has constantly denied. Ellen, along with Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Shonda Rhimes, appeared in the ad campaign for the 2016 election supporting Hillary Clinton.

Ellen Pompeo Net Worth:$80 Million
Ellen Pompeo Salary:$20 Million
Date of Birth:November 10, 1969
Ellen Pompeo Age:51 years old
Ellen Pompeo Height:5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Nationality:United States of America