Now this is the stuff I want to know. And for the record I know these are guesstimates for the most part but pretty close at least...they better be.
Anywho, The Hollywood Reporter in their Money Issue gathered the salaries for some of your favs and not so favs in Hollywood including a few behind the scene gigs and you'd be surprised to see who's taking in what and how some aren't getting quite enough.
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How bad is the decline in actor salaries over the past decade? Despite the huge sums still being raked in by such superstars as Robert Downey Jr. (his $75 million comes from his 7 percent, first-dollar slice of Iron Man 3, as well as his $12 million HTC endorsement deal) and Sandra Bullock (a 15 percent, first-dollar deal on Gravity and about $10 million more for her summer hit The Heat), most actors are feeling a definite squeeze, especially those in the middle.
"If you're [a big star], you're getting well paid," says one top agent, "but the middle level has been cut out." Sometimes with a hacksaw. Leonardo DiCaprio made $25 million (including bonuses) for The Wolf of Wall Street, while co-star Jonah Hill got paid $60,000. Granted, that's an extreme example — Hill offered to do the part for scale (and got an Oscar nomination for his trouble).
But studio cost-cutting has meant that mid-level stars are being nickel-and-dimed in ways that would have been unheard of in the gilded '90s (i.e., Marvel Studios' reportedly offering Mickey Rourke a mere $250,000 to star opposite Downey in Iron Man 2). Before breaking out the violins, though, remember that even mid-level stars are far better off than most other actors. According to the most recent SAG statistics, the average member earns $52,000 a year, while the vast majority take home less than $1,000 a year from acting jobs.
Uhhhhh, what? I think someone owes a few studios some change!! Half these of these actors aren't worth what they're making, as far as talent goes, but they have the numbers and it just so happens many of them are in their bank accounts.
If you're anything like me and wouldn't consider being an actor, there are a few gigs in Hollywood that may be worth your while as far as salary is concerned.
FILM DIRECTOR $250K-$20M A PICTURE
TV DIRECTOR $25K-$42K AN EPISODE
AGENT'S ASSISTANT $10-$13 AN HOUR
COMMERCIAL VOICE ACTOR $3K-$1M AN AD
TV WRITER $3K-$6K A WEEK
STUDIO CHIEF $5M-$15M
I'm obviously in the wrong business...