Ellen Pompeo Net Worth

How much is Ellen Pompeo worth?

Net Worth:$75 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:November 10, 1969 (age 53)
Country:United States of America
5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)

About Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo, whose full name is Ellen Kathleen Pompeo is an American actress, producer, and director. Since 2017, she has been one of the highest paid actresses as listed by Time and Forbes magazines. The talented actress started her career in the 1990s and since then has taken part in many successful films and television series. Throughout the past twenty years, she has won multiple awards including many People’s Choice Awards, two Satellite Awards, one Screen Actors Guild.

Ellen’s career skyrocketed when she joined the cast of the now classic television series Grey’s Anatomy. From March 2005 to this day, she remains the only character in the show’s 15 years to star in all seasons. Thanks to her outstanding performance, in 2007, she received her first nomination for a Golden Globe Award. Other productions that she’s known for starring in are Friends, Law and Order, Coming Soon, Moonlight Mile, and Old School to name a few.

American actress and producer Ellen Pompeo has an estimated net worth of $75 million dollars, as of 2023. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has been one of the world’s highest paid actresses since 2017, according to Forbes.

She was born on November 10, 1969, in Everett, Massachusetts. Ellen is of Irish, Italian, and English descent. She and her five siblings were raised primarily by her father mainly because her mother died of a painkiller overdose. In her twenties, Ellen moved to Miami with her then-boyfriend where she worked as a bartender.

In the 1990s, after she moved to New York, she was approached by a casting director who eventually helped her appear in advertisements for L’Oreal and Citibank among other companies. Ellen’s first acting appearances were in small independent films and adverts. Her film debut came in the 1995 film Do You Have the Time, in which she played a small and uncredited role. Also that year, she was given a chance to star in the classic crime series Law and Order, where she played the role of Jenna Weber.

Pompeo started to become rich in the early years of the 21st century when she finally got opportunities to star in feature films. Her first feature film was Coming Soon, which was released in 1999. The following year, she was asked to play another minor role of a different character in Law and Order. In the years 2000 and 2001, Ellen starred in multiple television films and series – Strangers with Candy, Get Real, The Job, and Strong Machine.

Her acting skills captured the attention of director Brad Silberling, who offered her a role in his movie Moonlight Mile. The romantic drama from 2002 boosted her popularity and became the first film in which the actress had a leading role. Following that title, she received offers to star in various productions such as Catch Me If You Can, Old School, Daredevil, Undermind, and Nobody’s Perfect.

The 2003 superhero movie, Daredevil, became the first box-office hit in which the actress took part in. Although she had a small role in it, the actress received around $150,000 for her participation. Besides positive reviews, the film earned $65 million in the box office and remains one of the most viewed movies of the year.

Since the premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen has taken appeared in all 400 episodes of the show. Thanks to her incredible performances, she has won the hearts of millions of fans all over America as well as won awards. In 2006, she won her first award — a Satellite Award for “Best Ensemble in Television”. One year later, she received her first nomination for a Golden Globe Award in the category of “Best Performance by an Actress in TV Series”.

After her sixth year working the show, in 2011, Ellen signed a contract for the show and her salary was increased to $200,000 per episode. That deal was changed two years later and instead, she then receives $350,000 per episode. Now, since 2018, Ellen has signed a contract that earns her more than $20 million dollars per year, or $575,000, for her role as Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy. Ellen Pompeo remains the highest-paid actress in television drama series. However Sofia Vergara is currently the highest paid actress on TV.

Since joining the ABC television series, Ellen had not taken part in any other films or television series for four years. In what was her first appearance in a show other than Grey’s Anatomy, she took part in Repeat After Me in 2015. As herself, she took part in eight episodes of the hidden camera reality show. Also that year, she took part in the star-packed music video of Bad Blood by Taylor Swift. One of her most recent appearances was in RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars, where she was a guest judge in one of the episodes of season 4.

Pompeo’s Total Net Worth

The multi-talented Ellen became famous mainly because of her role in Grey’s Anatomy but prior to that, she was still able to receive national exposure thanks to projects that she took part in. She appeared in films like In the Weeds, Undermind, Moonlight Mile, and Old School.

Ellen Pompeo’s success came in 2005 with the premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. The ABC medical drama series focuses on the Pompeo’s character, Meredith Gray, who at the time was a surgical intern at the fictional hospital Seattle Grace. The series became a breakthrough hit almost immediately after season one had ended and it was received well by both media and television critics.

In 2021, Forbes magazine reported that Pompeo earns $19 million per year. While her salary had been $200,000 per episode, that became $350,000 per episode, which in 2018 became $575,000 per episode. She is also entitled to syndication royalties.

Besides acting, since 2017, Ellen Pompeo has served as a director and producer in several episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. Since 2018, she has been a co-executive producer in the drama series Station 19, a second spin-off of the successful show, where she reprised her role of Dr. Meredith Grey in two different episodes

From all of her work on TV, including the appearances that she has made on TV shows as herself and in advertising. It is estimated that Pompeo has earned $120 million dollars. When including in her work from film, her total acting career earnings are estimated to be $123.5 million dollars, having earned almost every dollar for her TV acting career.

Ellen is in a very high tax bracket, especially considering Grey’s Anatomy is filmed in Los Angeles and that is also where she resides. California carries the highest tax rates in the country, and with the high earning years that Pompeo has experienced. It is safe to say that she has paid no less than 49% tax on her career earnings.

Before paying her taxes, she will have been able to deduct her business costs first. Likely payments in the region of $4-5 million dollars. The remainder, $119 million, will have become $60.69 million, having paid $58.31 million dollars in taxes.

Ellen Pompeo married Chris Ivery in 2007 and they remain together. They have three children together and Ellen’s life has appeared to be stable despite experiencing massive fame in America and in certain other places in the world. While there were some reports about “Ellen Pompeo’s eating disorder”, it seems that they had no basis in fact. They were refuted by Pompeo who clearly said that “I don’t want teenagers to think that I starve myself or don’t eat, and that to be like me that’s what they have to do.”

Contrary to the disputed reports, it seems that Pompeo has kept herself in good shape. She has not appeared too thin and seems to have a good homelife. It is expected that she has also managed her financial life well, including her investments.

When actors and actresses, or indeed anyone, earns like Pompeo has. While being so heavily involved in their career. Often business management firms are hired that, contrary to what often comes out in the media, do generally result in a positive investment returns for stars like Pompeo. It is likely that Pompeo has investments in stocks and various other investment vehicles.

In her personal life she has likely spent $5-6 million dollars of her career earnings but also probably possesses assets valued at around $2-3 million, not including investment assets. In her investments, she may have earned investment returns of $14-16 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Ellen Pompeo has a net worth of a rounded up $75 million dollars.


Ellen Pompeo is not only one of the most influential but also one of the most renowned television actresses of all time. To this day, she continues to star in the medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy and she’s often cited as one of core the reasons why the show has continued to succeed.

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