How Much Money Do Gay Porn Stars Make?

counting moneyWhat Do Gay Porn Stars Earn?
Remarkably little. While some name brand stars can earn up to $5,000 a scene, the vast majority make about $500 to $1,000 per scene. No matter how you do the math, that doesn’t come to a whole lot of money. Let’s say you earn $500 a scene. If you’re lucky you’ll work 5 scenes a month. That’s $2,500 a month or $30,000 a year. Considering the median household income in the U.S. is $51,000, that means you’re making a little bit over half of desk-job Americans.

Very few performers make a living off of porn. Most use it as a way to supplement the income they make from their day jobs or as a way to jack up their escort rates. They can charge a lot more money if customers perceive them as porn stars.

Do tops make more money than bottoms? The industry folks we spoke to said top and bottom don’t matter nearly as much as celebrity status. The more well-known you are the more money you’re going to command, no matter what position you take during filming. Some folks told us tops tend to make more because the penis is always the star of the show and that they’ve got to stay hard for hours on end. But some said bottoms make more because they’re at a much higher risk for HIV and as one performer charmingly put it, “We have to keep our holes gaping open all day.”

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The Problem With Getting At An Accurate Figure.
Almost no one in the porn industry will go on record when it comes to what performers earn. The U.S. Census doesn’t exactly measure salaries at porn studios so we’re left with anecdotes and the few porn officials who’ll talk to the media.

Still, we can get a pretty accurate picture from porn insiders who talk to the media. Here’s what Mark Spiegler, a top talent agent who represents the most popular female porn stars told The Hollywood Reporter last year:

“While a decade ago the average female performer would make about $100,000 a year,” she now might make as little as $50,000 — all while juggling responsibilities such as social-media outreach and personal appearances.”

Think about that. If the average female porn star makes $50,000 what does the average gay porn star make? Probably half or a little more.

Mark Spiegler goes on….

But for the select few females 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.”

Think about that for a moment. If the top male performer in straight porn makes $100,000 a year, what do the top gay performers make? The truth is probably not a whole lot more. And remember, that’s for EXTREMELY popular performers.

We can also glean the gay out of a recent Business Insider article on straight porn compensation:

According to Dan Miller, executive managing editor of industry trade magazine XBIZ, there are about 250 “in-demand” women (called “models”) who work regularly, shooting between 100 and 150 scenes per year. “A popular girl is going to work a minimum of 10 times per month.”

The gay math: $500-$1000 a scene x 10 scenes a month = $5,000-$10,000 a month. That means the absolute most an enormously popular gay performer can make is between $50,000 – $100,000.

The Business Insider article goes on…

Of course, the money varies depending on what “scene” they’re willing to do. According to Mark Spiegler [the porn talent agent], there is a relatively straightforward scale for performances by an in-demand actress:

• $800 for a girl-girl scene
• $1,000 for a guy-girl scene
• $1,200 or more for anal sex
• $4,000 or more for “double penetration”

Bottom line: You can’t make much money as a performer in gay porn. The smart ones augment their porn compensation with personal websites, DVDs, appearances, merchandising and often, escorting. Of course, you don’t have to be a performer to have porn star sex. Just read the international sensation, How To Bottom Like A Porn Star: The Guide To Gay Anal Sex.
 
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Comments

  1. Most don’t do it as full time work. I dont know if contract performers make more; I think they should get health insurance. Someone with no education like Johnny rapid had done

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