How Much Do Porn Stars Make?

Many viewers and curious individuals wonder how much do porn stars make. It just seems natural to wonder how much someone actually earns for having sex on camera. The answer is a bit complicated. First, it depends on if you are speaking of a female porn star, a straight male porn star, a gay male porn star, a newbie, or an industry vet. The reason is that all of these individuals will demand different compensation. Straight men command the lowest salaries as they are not really in demand. Female porn stars have been known to generate massive amounts of revenue for the companies producing and distributing the adult films, thus the women typically earn more than the men.

According to veteran adult film actors estimates the average male performer receives $300 to $400 per scene or $100 to $200 if he's new to the industry. A woman porn star makes about $100,000 to $250,000 per year. Chicagoan Ricky Sinz, an adult film actor, earns $570,000 annually. Of course, many porn stars receive income from side projects like websites, product endorsements, and modeling. The male performers are usually more willing to work in the porn industry which is one reason they are paid less. Another reason is that female porn stars are more in demand than their male counterparts and thus command higher salaries.

At the other end of the spectrum, a growing group of amateur actors are making money from adult content. ABC News profiled a woman who claims to earn $500 to $600 a month from twenty minutes worth of "work" posting homemade videos online.