AT ANY given second, there are thought to be 28,000 people watching internet porn around the world. That makes the stars’ salaries particularly surprising.

    AT ANY given second, there are thought to be 28,000 people watching internet porn around the world.

    It’s a multibillion-dollar industry, and while its top stars have the potential to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, many new performers could be paid as little as $390 per movie, The Sun reports.

    And those behind the scenes aren’t paid nearly as well as their Hollywood counterparts, despite the industry’s multi-billion pound price tag.

    That’s according to founder of LA Direct Models, Derek Hay, a man who represents many top adult performers and used to work as an actor himself.

    He told The Independent a female actress could expect to earn $1300 for a scene with a man, and $895 for a scene with another woman.

    This pay could go up or down by 10-20 per cent depending on who the actor is and whether they are well known, he added.

    However, jobs in the porn industry are not as lucrative as people might expect, even for performers at the top of their game.

    “I don’t think that adult stars make as much money as the general public perceives them to make,” Mr Hay said.

    “I don’t think there’s anybody, even the biggest stars, who are making more than half a million a year. But if some of the top stars are making £240,000 to £320,000 [$390,000-$520,000] per year, by most people’s perception that would still be a lot of money I think.”

    Mr Hay said it was a “universally known” fact that women are paid “a lot more” than men — but blokes get the opportunity to do more jobs. Actors also earn premium rates as an incentive to perform scenes they haven’t done before.

    America’s CNBC did their own research — and delved into the earning of everyone involved in the making of adult movies, from those in front of the camera to the production assistant and the writers. Here’s what they found:

    • Female actor in straight scene: $390 — $1950

    • Female actor in scene with another woman: $910 — $1570

    • Male actor: $650 — $1950

    • Director: $1300 — $3900

    • Cameraman: $650 — $910

    • Writers: $330 — $520

    • Make-up artist: $650

    • Still photographer: $650

    • Sound technician: $390 — $520

    • Production assistant: $130 — $330

    This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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