How Much Do Porn Stars Make?

In a comment on the last entry, blog-lover walken asked how much girls make for various types of scenes these days. To get the answer, I talked to Frank Lopez, the owner of various porn businesses and general in-the-know guy. He told me that the rates for new girls are as follows:

Blowjobs: $200-$400
Straight sex: $400-$1200
Anal sex: $900-$1500
Double Penetration: $1200-$1600
Double anal: $2000
For niche stuff like midgets or trannies, the girls generally get 15% extra.

Girls like Hillary Scott who’ve been in the business a while make about the same, but more toward the higher end of the scale. But according to Frank, Hillary in particular liked to work, so her rates probably went down. A bigger star like Amy Ried or Eva Angelina makes “way too much”. Frank said that “girls like that have inflated rates because they don’t like to work as much as, say, a Hillary who loved to get nasty 24-7″. I take that to mean that they make the high end or just above the high end of the scale laid out above.

There you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
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62 Responses to “How Much Do Porn Stars Make?”

  1. mudshark Says:

    some of these girls are making 3k a day working 4 days a week and they are still broke.

  2. zarafan Says:

    Fantastic research, Alison: thanks for posting it; in the boring scenes I can use my distraction to calculate how much the star is earning…! By the way, how much do the guys make? (Much less, I’m sure, and why not?) Do they also have a sliding scale? Thanks again; have a good weekend!

  3. sundubys Says:

    How much does reverse froggy style pay? and cartwheel 69’s?

    Lol…J/K

  4. fugly Says:

    Alison – a point of clarification. If a girl does a scene with straight sex, followed by anal and finished off with a BJ, would she get paid for each act (i.e. $1,500-$3,100), or would she just get paid for the most expensive act (in this case, anal at $900 – $1,500)?

  5. out4fun3 Says:

    Alison-
    Thanks for the info.

    From your viewpoint, what makes a scene appealing to you?
    P.S. I like your taste in women that you listed in an earlier blog regarding women with major league yaboos :-)

  6. walken Says:

    Cheers for posting this Alison (and so quickly too!). Love your work.

  7. alison Says:

    mudshark – Crazy, ain’t it?

    zarafan – Last I heard, male talent makes $300-$500 per scene. It’s possible that reliable woodsmen get a little more…but they’re obviously never going to make as much as the ladies. Unless they do gay porn. But that’s a whole other conversation.

    sundubys – reverse froggy is $27 and cartwheel 69’s will run ya $7k. ;-P

    fugly – I think that the most expensive act is what she’s paid for. So, if a girl does a scene with straight sex, anal, and a DP, she’s paid the DP rate. The other stuff is assumed to come as a package deal, so to speak.

    out4fun3 – I do love the ladies with the big naturals. They also need to have a nice face (that’s just me). But in general, the scenes I like have girls who are really engaged in the action and guys who aren’t distracting. If a girl seems bored or out of her depth, I’ll pass on a scene, even if it’s a girl I like.

    walken – You’re very welcome. And thank you!

  8. sundubys Says:

    Damn 7k for a cartwheel 69! how much do they pay for blumpies?

  9. alison Says:

    You don’t even want to know…

  10. HotScooter2 Says:

    Alison:

    Cyberhug. If you are the horses mouth you referred to,then what a lovely filly you must be,neigh.we would makes such lovely stallmates,lol.

    if i were only about 30 years younger and female i might make a killing,especially if i had the looks Of Britney Skye or Katie Morgan.They both act the dumb blonde role but have killler looks.having never met either one of them,it woould be futile to really comment on their intelliigence.
    But i really doubt if i were to make 3K a day i would blow it,unless i had terrible expenses like chemo,and i doubt that pornstars have group insurance,maybe you could answer that for me Alison

  11. alison Says:

    HotScooter2 – Cyberhug. Nope…I’m no horse :)
    Brittney Skye, from what I’ve observed, kinda is a dumb blonde. Katie Morgan I’m not sure about.
    Pornstars don’t generally have health insurance. Which is really devastating when something awful like cancer does happen, as we saw with Nikki Hunter.

  12. fedor Says:

    Who pays for the STD tests? And I am stunned the pay is so low. They should be paid triple for putting up with the likes of Lee Stone. Also if you’re on right now none of the pages are loading. “NULL”

  13. BigMMoney Says:

    Fedor: an organization called AIM provides STD tests to performers for discounted rates.

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Hillary Scott’s new contract with SexZ. She is getting paid a million dollars over three years. I personally think SexZ made a bad choice. Yes, Hillary is hot and can act well for a porn star, but she’s been in so many films already.

  14. out4fun3 Says:

    Can anyone elaborate on what:
    reverse froggy style, cartwheel 69, and blumpies are?

  15. fedor Says:

    “reverse froggy style, cartwheel 69, and blumpies are?”

    They are like Blumpkins.

  16. sundubys Says:

    Reverse froggy style- Is like doggy style except the guy is squating and in a reverse position.

    Carwheel 69- is a vertical 69 when a guy eats a girl out and the girl sucks the guys dick, and if they are both gymnasts they do cartwheels in that position.

    Blumpy- When you take a dump while a girl gives you head.

  17. hiflyin77 Says:

    Hey Alison, cyberhug, those are still free right? :-) . Thanks for posting this. Although, I have to say I’m a little crushed that Eva Angelina, one of my personal favs, really seems to be only into the money. It’s one of those things that I always new, but actually seeing it in black and white really hammers it home. Oh well. One more thing I wanted to bring up, at the risk of bringing up an old topic. This is why I don’t get all bent out of shape over the more hardcore style videos. When you combine the facts that the girls know what they are filming, can stop at any time, and are pretty well compensated for it; I don’t see a huge problem with the whole thing. Just my opinion. Thanks for all the work you’ve been putting into the blog, you’ve really been on fire the week. Much Love, Cheers

  18. out4fun3 Says:

    Alison,

    Thanks for the reply.

    What makes a scene appealing to me is exactly what you said except I would add the guy has to be into it as well and at the end, a moneyshot comparable to Peter North (the ultimate woodsman).

  19. biglucifer Says:

    Interesting to find out what talent gets paid. I would like to know what the ladies get paid for rough sex scenes? I know VB does not carry Max Hardcore material, but does anyone know what they earn for working with that wacko?

  20. G man Says:

    As I understand it the women have to buy their own lingerie, shoes (nothing says “porn star” like clear heels) and other appropriate attire for the scenes. – Not a small expence.

    I gather that quite a few of the better known names also work as strippers or make other kind of “special appearances”. And some also work as prostitutes on the side. Apparently that is where the real money is for som stars. I guess that for those the movies are as much about “showcasing their talent” as they are about the fee for the scenes.

  21. Totaldouchebag Says:

    On the flipside, I wonder what the male stars get paid for scenes. I know it’s a paltry sum compared to the female stars…

  22. BigMMoney Says:

    hiflyin77: I think most porn stars do it for the money (sorry if this kills the fantasy). Think about it. These girls for the most part are good looking and if they wanted to have a lot of sex outside of porn, they could do it easily. Plus, they could have sex with condoms and avoid nasty STDs (Very prevalent in the industry – Genital Herpes is not even tested for often). A girl that says that she isn’t doing it for the money is probably lying.

  23. hiflyin77 Says:

    BigMMoney: I’ve always known it’s all about the money. I totally agree with the point you made. I think it is part of that overall fantasy, at least for me, that these girls might actually be into the sex instead of just showing up for a paycheck. Cheers

  24. Sirspankalot Says:

    Wow, kinda of sad that the average girl has to do 50+ scenes a year just to break $50k.

    But then again, how long does it take to film your average scene? I’m betting less than my 40 hour work week. And I’m not getting rim jobs from my coworkers either…

  25. BigMMoney Says:

    Sirspankalot: according to Christian XXX (christiansingsthelbues.com) most girls in porn only last 3-6 months before they’re no longer in demand. But in that time, the girls do a ton of scenes.

  26. Strangepork Says:

    What about for solo (masturbation) and girl/girl scenes?

  27. zarafan Says:

    Dear Sirspankalot,

    I’m have no idea where you work, but I’m actually quite relieved that I don’t receive rim jobs from my co-workers!! :-)

  28. Frenty Says:

    Blowjobs: $200-$400
    Straight sex: $400-$1200
    Anal sex: $900-$1500
    Double Penetration: $1200-$1600
    Double anal: $2000

    Anal NOT featuring Tory Lane: Priceless!

    ;)

  29. BigMMoney Says:

    very funny frenty

  30. speakeroftheobvious Says:

    I know this isn’t a gay-focused site, and I am not in fact attracted to men (in case anyone gets uncomfortable at my bringing this up and wants to name-call), but I do find it fascinating how much men can get paid to have sex with other men. Way more than a woman makes in the business even. Well, if they do scenes without a condom.
    Meanwhile, doesn’t girl-girl pay pretty terribly compared to scenes with a man & woman where sex beyond a BJ takes place?
    Plus I hear the amount of men who are just gay for pay in the business borders on 70%, is that true, Ms. Alison?
    Thanks!

  31. bengalguy Says:

    Now I know why so many of them do escorting on the side. When you can make 3000 for two one dates in a day. That is why their leave after only 3-6 months in the business. When she can rake in 3000 to 4000 a day doing escorting and not see Lee Stone. LOL

  32. BigMMoney Says:

    Lee Stone has gone to professional wrestling. Pretty funny eh?

  33. MFH0 Says:

    BigMMoney, that’s pretty terrifying.
    “AGGH! GET THE BANANA DICK OFF ME! GET IT OFF! HE’S HOLDING ME DOWN!”

  34. BigE Says:

    When you factor in dinners, dates, flowers, vacations, and general BS, I’m paying my girlfriend twice that to get an occasional half-assed BJ. At these rates, I’ve earned at least three dozen Double Anals. Fuck, that’s depressing.

  35. BigMMoney Says:

    hahaha, that’s so funny MFHO

  36. zarafan Says:

    Dear Alison,

    Sorry to be a pain, but any official response regarding the repeat/duplicate posting of “Butt Gallery” today? It’s a great movie, but it hasn’t changed appreciably from the last time it was uploaded to VB! Thanks nonetheless for the site and your great work…!

  37. zarafan Says:

    Thanks for correcting the repeat/duplicate!! VB rocks!!

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  40. Damon Says:

    The information about the going rates of performers was quite informative and interesting. Good work Alison ;)

  41. pgwodehouse Says:

    I get that $2000 seems like a lot to fuck, but let me throw some very general numbers around: The porno industry now has higher per year grosses than the legitimate film industry. The numbers are difficult to tally, but something above 10 BILLION dollars annually is not impossible to imagine. Now, there are FAR more porno flicks produced each year than legit flicks, so that financial pool is spread much thinner in the mainstream world. However, say there are 10,000 porno films made each year (a very high estimate), that means (again assuming my gross numbers are somewhere near reality) that each porno averages somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 MILLION dollars gross profit. The production values are so low on most of these films that the girls themselves are the biggest expenditure, so even if my numbers are off by an order of magnitude, there are some financiers and distributors getting FILTHY FUCKING RICH by underpaying stupid, coked-out 19-year-olds to fuck on film. Not saying I don’t appreciate their efforts, but let’s try to keep things in perspective…These porno chicks are not overpaid, they are underpaid, and if they were part of a union, as legitimate actors are, they would be paid FAR MORE for their efforts.

    (Full disclosure: I work in the legit film business)

  42. zarafan Says:

    I agree with pgwodehouse, completely. Thanks for posting!

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  44. jfro Says:

    Yes the pay rates seem low for what they are doing and the short careers of most porn stars. Maybe time to unionize.. Actually it seems to me as though porn directors are not nearly aware enough of the valuable resources (read hot chicks) they have because they waste them with sloppy filming and editing. If they had more respect for the talent and were paying more for them, maybe they would actually care about how the films are shot and whether, for instance, the chick finishes the guy off.

    I just don’t understand the anti-Lee Stone fetish of some VB viewers. He is actually better than guys who tell the girls exactly what to do like Brandon Iron or directors who insist on doing the same. People who complain about him sound to me like cliquey high school kids who pick on someone because they are different…his dick is not that strange looking and at least it isn’t soft looking, like some porno guys are.

  45. alison Says:

    fedor – The girls have to pay for those, from what I understand. Just a cost of doing business, I suppose.

    hiflyin77 – Heh, yep, my cyberhugs don’t cost a thing. It does kinda suck about Eva. Cute girl.

    biglucifer – I’m pretty sure men get paid in the $300-500 range. As for working with Max Hardcore, I’m pretty sure they don’t make anything extra. Not to mention the ones he doesn’t have to pay because they run away from his sets screaming…

    Strangepork – I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that solo is probably about the same as a BJ and g/g is likely in the $400-$800 range.

    Frenty – LOL

    speakeroftheobvious – Very true that gay porn actors get paid WAY more than their straight counterparts. I’m not sure if the number is 70% but I’ve heard it’s really high and I can’t say I’d be shocked if you were right.

    zarafan – As you’re now aware, that was a huge mistake. We never want to post a duplicate movie!

    mrr – Have you tried both CC Bill and Epoch? If so, I want to make sure we figure out your problem. Drop a line to support@videobox.com and they will work with you to get you your membership.

    Damon – Thanks

    pgwodehouse – You’re mostly right. But you have the profits estimated way high. Having worked on the DVD retail side, I can tell you that they’re netting, on average, $10-15k per movie. Which is why they make so many. That said, of course some studios do better than others and many of the people who’ve been doing this a while are relatively wealthy. I do, for the record, agree with you about the performers’ need to unionize. I really think it’s the only way for them to get a fair shake in a business that provides no health insurance, sick pay or guaranteed income…things most of us take for granted.

    jfro – I’ve never been sure whether members hate him for his penis shape or calling him banana dick is just the manifestation of their hatred. Anyone want to shine some light on this?

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  48. pgwodehouse Says:

    Alison — Yeah, I guess my numbers were pretty far off, although I said they were general in my post…I’d still maintain that if the average flick makes 10-15K, then there must be quite a few that make nothing, because there’s no way the top end flicks (and anything with Sammie Rhodes, holy shit) aren’t making millions.

    jfro — I’ve often said the same thing myself. The guys who direct porn aren’t stupid, but it’s clear that they aren’t really FANS of porno, because they don’t seem to get what we want. How much would you pay for a porno that explored the GIRL’S ACTUAL FANTASIES, and in which the director’s instructions to the girl were: Only moan if you actually feel some pleasure, and let’s focus on getting you to that place…and his instructions to the guy were: Hey bro, shutup already, and try to keep your face and taint out of frame.

    It’s not about any specific thing, it’s not about whether the guy jerks himself off for the cumshot, it’s about witnessing raw sexual energy on the screen. That’s what gets people off. I read a lot of the reviews and comments on the site, and most of them (besides the Lee Stone haters, which I agree with, cause the guy looks EXACTLY like my best friend’s dad) express the same things I feel: The highlights of a scene are when we are aware the woman is genuinely into the action, and the moment I sense that isn’t happening, I’m lost. God, I wish I didn’t care about my reputation, because I could direct the most amazing fucking porno of all time and get rich doing it. If only my mom was already dead.

  49. pgwodehouse Says:

    Alison — Also, just throwing this out there, but why doesn’t VB have a forum section? Users could share their favorite scenes, debate the shape of Lee Stone’s dick, etc…just talking here, but doesn’t this make sense on paper?

  50. schnitzl Says:

    What would jenna haze get paid if she did a “50 man gangbang creampie” 100% condom free…

  51. oldvert Says:

    To combine two issues of discussion here, why not pay male talent (and perhaps women, too) for the ability to be finished off orally with mouth only?
    It seems by so many comments on VB that’s where a large market is. Among other things, this would add a new and welcome element to a large video collection of cookie cutter vignettes.

  52. alison Says:

    pgwodehouse – Yeah…I’d say a lot make nothing. But I can’t think of a single DVD that even grossed a million. Maybe Pirates, but they spent over a million dollars making it and and msrp is somewhere in the range of $35-40, so they may have recouped their costs. As for the forums, the reason is that we are developing a forum that will be very well-integrated with the site (harder than it sounds) because we try to create a seamless experience for members. It’s taking a while, but it’s in the works.

  53. darkseid Says:

    It’s funny someone would mention Unions. Dalny Marga tried to do that and got blacklisted for it. She complained about the risks the girls were taking for the low pay.

  54. Sirspankalot Says:

    Ok, so a girl gets $900-$1500 to do anal, but it seems like damn near every anal scene is also an ass2mouth scene too.

    That’s not included in the salary is it? I mean seriously, that’s gotta cost a LITTLE extra…

    I mean I’ve been able to persuade a few girls to take it in the small hole in my time, but I’ve never even come close to gettin’ some A2M…

    But then again, I AM borderline lame…

  55. bengalguy Says:

    I have posted several comments on the blogs and Alison never replies back to my comments. I guess this site is like in real life. Women and escorts never reply back to my comments. LOL

  56. alison Says:

    darkseid – Porn is a lot like other professions in that way…employers hate unions and will do whatever they can to avoid them.

    Sirspankalot – I think A2M is kinda standard these days (in porn at least).

    bengalguy – I’m sorry! I don’t usually see the comments on entries that are over a week or so old.

  57. Darkside Says:

    alison im sure the dvd that features Karrine Steffans w/ Mr. Marcus had to sell well over a million and porn dvds that featjure celebs.

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  59. Jay Says:

    Does anyone know if a man at the age of 34 could still get into the porn business? I look young (in my 20’s) and am still told I’m handsome by women. I also noticed in comments it said men in gay porn get paid much higher. Do you have any idea just about how much they get paid for a scene? I’m not gay or bi and have never even seen a gay porno, but I’m just wondering how much they make. Thanks

  60. AsNeverSeenOnTV Says:

    Wow, thanks so much for the info on the guys’ rates. Now I’m sure I’ll stay out of that biz. Seriously I could have made it (much more endowed than most woodsmen). Too bad, they’ll keep getting what they pay for, LOL.

  61. Laughable D Says:

    It’s all a bit ridiculous really, yes the ones producing/financing the films are getting rich like no other. However, these women are paid well enough, and so are the men…honestly, why should anyone get paid to have SEX?

    Even if you are paid, you shouldn’t be able to make a living out of it; it’s like some weird twilight zone episode where the general public (us) work a real job just so we can have money and eventually, possibly, have sex with another of our choosing, this is the complete opposite….and pretty depressing.

  62. Laughable D Says:

    ADDENDUM: It’s simple really, you wouldn’t have to pay me to have sex with many of the pornstars mentions before, I would gladly do it for free. So then why do male pornstars get paid to do so?….I would laugh at someone offering to pay me to do so, but naturally accept the money hehe.