Several different people are working on a set of a film. Aside from the actors, there are screenwriters, makeup artists, camera operators, boom operators, key grips, directors, producers, and so many more. Each one of them has different movie salaries. It depends on the heft of their jobs and their status in the industry.
Jobs in a movie
The first thing that people always notice in a film is the lead actor. For A-list movie stars in big production studios, they make around $15-$20 million for their role. For secondary lead actors with A-list status, they make about $1.5-$4.5 million. However, for those actors who are not considered A-list, their movie salaries could be around $150,000-$300,000. A-list actors will definitely make more money compared to non A-list actors despite the amount of their involvement in the film. The reason is that A-list actors have that Hollywood status of being on top, and with them in the billing of the film, ensures that the film will either receive critical acclaim or definite audience views or both.
The next thing that moviegoers look into is the directors. There are many notable directors known for their specific style. For example, directors like Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton and Wes Anderson are known for their styles in film. For newbie directors, their first project would usually earn them around $500,000. Depending on the impact that their first movie makes, the trajectory of their pay will change over time. For example, if a first movie gets paid well at $1 million, the next film payout could be around $8-$9 million.
People who work along the director are the producers. For a typical Hollywood producer, they earn about $750,000-$1 million in every project. For a successful movie or movie franchise, it could be higher than $10 million.
Another person who works with the director is the screenwriter. For original scripts, film screenwriters are often paid around $70,000-$80,000. For an adaptation, the fee would be approximately $60,000. However, for famous screenwriters, their fees could go up to $5 million per script.
Other off-screen jobs also include makeup artist, boom operator, camera operator, and key grip. Some of these jobs are paid hourly. A makeup artist is often paid around $50 per hour or around $75,000 per year. However, if it is for a bigger production, a makeup artist can earn up to $120,000 and above. A boom operator, who holds the microphone during scenes, are often paid around $30,000-$70,000 depending on the scale of the production. This is the same for key grips who oversee all the equipment in the set. On the other hand, camera operators are often paid around $50,000 per year.