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Film and Television Extras


It is rare that someone is able to make a living solely from work as an extra. According to SAG-AFTRA, a majority of its 160,000 members make less than $7,500 a year. SAG-AFTRA sets daily wage minimums for its members. Background actors in television productions earned average daily minimums of $130 to $185 in 2020, according to SAG-AFTRA. Special ability background actors earned higher pay. Daily wage minimums vary according to city and type of extra work. Extras also earn more if they have to work in rain or smoke, or if they are required to wear body makeup, wigs, or a certain haircut for the part. If they supply their own props, such as pets, cars, golf clubs, or luggage, extras also are paid higher daily rates.

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