The only thing a PA is missing is the Y – Anonymous
How much does a Production Assistant get paid? — Â seems to be aÂ recurringÂ question, so I’ll answer it: Â NOT MUCH!
PAs don’t get paid hourly. Â A PA gets paid on a “per-day” day rate, based on a 12 hour day. Â Day rates depend on the type of show you’re working on. Â On average, in Los Angeles, the PA day rate is around $125 a day. Â A day rate is good, because if you work 6 hours instead of 12, you will still get paid for a full day. Â Those days are rare, and you will more likely be working over 12 hours, most of the time. Â For more information on how a day rate works, check out TAPAs post on the subject.
Commercials and Music Video’s tend to pay more than Movies and TV, but you don’t work as long. Â I’ve been a PA on a couple photo shoots that pay a day rate of $250, but the shoots only last 1-2 days. Â I’ve also worked as a PA on a couple commercials that pay a day rate of $200, but those shoots were only a few days long as well. Â If you’re on a movie or TV show, you could be getting paid $125 a day for a few months. This is what I am currently trying to do… Â and it’s a pain in the ass.
You’ll find that most industry jobs don’t do “pay by the hour”. Â It’s either by the day, week, or job.
Ask any questions in the comments section, and I’ll be glad to answer them to the best of my ability.
So I just recently worked on a feature and figured out a little more on how we’re paid.
On this feature I was making $112 a day, with aÂ guaranteedÂ 12 hour day. So even if I only worked 10 hours instead of 12, I would still get paid for the full 12 hours.
Now on paper this breaks down to $8/hr for the first 8 hours. After 8 hours you get time and a half for the next 4 hours. So I’d be getting paid $8/hr for 8 hours and $12/hr for 4 hours. That makes the $112/12 day rate. Anything I work after 12 hours is double time, which would be $16 an hour.
Now on this feature I was working 6 day weeks. So my “6th day” rate is time and a half for every hour. So I would make $12/hr for the first 12 hours and then $16/hr for anything after 12.
I also got one $7 meal penalty per day. Basically you have to be fed 6 hours after your call time.Â Because I am a PA, I always have a pre-call. Which means If the call time for crew is at 8am, I’ll probably have a call time for 7am. When we break for lunch at 2pm, it’s been 7 hours of work for me before lunch… which means I get a meal penalty. It’s not much… but on a 6 day week that’s $42 extra in the bank.
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