Here’s How Much Porn Stars Make For Each Sex Act

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If these figures are anything to go by, being a porn star isn’t as great as it sounds.

Sure, most of us can point to a few big names that have made it mainstream, but working in the sex industry isn’t as lucrative as it seems.

Garion Hall, the owner of the Australian porn site AbbyWinters, explained on a Quora forum the answer to a question we all want to know: How much do porn stars really make? The answer? Not as much as you’d think – and it all depends on a hell of a lot of factors.

Hall says an adult film star’s paycheque can depend on the type of scene being produced (solo, girl on girl, boy-girl, etc), sexual acts like anal, the producer’s budget, the shooting location and how the content will be released.

Given those factors, Hall gives this breakdown of what top porn stars can earn per video:

Nude-only solo: $340 (£260)
Open leg solo: $408 (£312)
Explicit solo: $476 (£364)
Insertions solo: $612 (£469)
Girl-girl: $1,020 (£781)
Girl-boy: $1,020 (£781)

Those figures are based on an eight hour shoot with AbbyWinters, which is in the top 5 per cent of payers for most shoot types according to Hall.

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And while those numbers might seem pretty decent for eight hours of work compared to the average daily earnings, many porn stars don’t make videos every day. So that paycheque needs to stretch.

In fact, performer pay rates are now at an all-time low, and stars are starting to rely on alternative streams of revenue like product endorsement deals, snapchat requests, camming platforms and escorting to get by.

Mark Spiegler, a top porn star agent, told The Hollywood Reporter: “While a decade ago the average female performer would make about $100,000 (£76,700) a year, she now might make as little as $50,000 (£38,300) — all while juggling responsibilities such as social-media outreach and personal appearances.”

On the other end of the scale, major porn stars can make some hefty cash. For the select few who make it to the top of the industry, paychecks can be ‘upward of $350,000 a year, while top male performers can make more than $100,000 annually.’

But, just like in any other industry, the majority of stars don’t always make it to mainstream and earn top dollar.

Still, it’s more than most of us earn.


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