Most people seem to be fascinated by all the glitz and glam of celebrities, and more so, the big bucks they make. So how much do they really make, and how much do the not-so-famous newbies make? Here’s a look.
An Actor’s ‘Salary’
The compensation of a big actor depends on several things. Some may choose to take their compensation after the completion of the movie, and then have nothing to do with it. Another option which seasoned actors tend to choose, is to enter a profit-sharing agreement with the producers. This means that the actor may choose to take a share of the profits that the movie producers make through various channels, like ticket sales, merchandise sales (in case of superhero films), DVD sales, and sale of rights to TV channels. In such a case, the actor may settle for a lower salary. The salaries vary a lot, as the terms and conditions of signing are different. They may ask for a signing-on fee even before the shooting for the film commences.
*Figures in Million USD
Highest-Paid Actors (Male)
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Highest-Paid Actors (Female)
Highest-Paid TV Actors (Male)
Highest-Paid TV Actors (Female)
As far as commercials are concerned, it again depends on the brand value of the actor and the size of the brand that he or she endorses. The actor may also choose to take the compensation in kind, rather than in cash. This means that if an actor is endorsing a certain brand, he or she may choose to take a part of the compensation in the form of free samples of the product being endorsed.
How Much Do New Actors Get Paid?
Hence, if an actor chooses to be a registered member of the SAG, he stands to get a daily wage of $842 a day or $2,921 a week (2012 – 2013). While some websites give an average annual earnings for a new actor, those figures can be very inaccurate, as the actor may or may not be employed for the entire year. If he is amongst the select few who are employed for the full year, then even at these rates, he will have quite a good life indeed.
So, while the starting salary of an actor may not be all that great, and the chances of a full-time employment may be low, there is a huge opportunity to grow in this field. I guess, initially, it depends on the producer, but with hard work and dedication, you could soon be dictating the terms!