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Film and Television Extras

Earnings

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 theatrical or television productions earned average daily minimums of $162 in 2016, according to SAG-AFTRA. Special ability background actors earned $172 a day. 

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