The long-running “Grey’s Anatomy” has been a staple on American TVs since 2005, earning huge platforms, and paychecks, for its stars along the way.
Shonda Rhimes has piloted the series through its many twists and turns, but stars like Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, and Sandra Oh have earned quite a bit for their work too.
10 Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt): $2 Million
After popping up in season 2, Owen Hunt eventually stuck around as a main character starting in season 4. McKidd has had a broad career beyond “Grey’s,” including roles in films like “Trainspotting” and “Percy Jackson.” He has directed a number of “Grey’s anatomy” episodes as well.
9 Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres): $5 Million
Ramirez held down the role of Callie Torres from season 2 through 12, building up a significant money pot in that time. They went on to star on a few other shows, like “Madam Secretary” and the animated show “Sofia the First.”
8 Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey): $10 Million
Wilson has starred on “Grey’s” since season 1, won a Golden Globe for her work, and directed many episodes on the show as well. For all that she has netted $10 million.
7 Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery): $12 Million
Williams plays the wealthy Jackson Avery with ease, given the actor knows what it’s like to have money. He has acted across media, from film to theatre to Rihanna’s music video for “Russian Roulette,” and even done some modeling for brands like Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger.
6 James Pickens, Jr. (Richard Webber): $13 million
Pickens, Jr. has combined income from a number of major TV shows, including “X-Files” and “Roseanne,” but it’s his consistent role on “Grey’s” as Richard Webber that has helped the actor rack up $13 million.