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By Alicia Adamczyk
February 26, 2016

All eyes will be on Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence at Sunday’s 88th Annual Academy Awards, but it takes a lot more than a few A-list celebrities to make Hollywood’s biggest night a success.

Putting on one of TV’s biggest events entails hundreds of people, as producers, security detail, makeup artists, and more work behind the scenes. Someone needs to write those witty one-liners award presenters read from the teleprompter, right?

And while they’re not pulling in millions like the stars who are up for awards, they’re not being short-changed either. The Academy spends over $40 million on the ceremony, and that money goes towards a lot more than just the red carpet cleaning bill. PayScale supplied us with data for the median pay and the 90th percentile pay for behind-the-scenes jobs at the show, noting that “it stands to reason that those who secure a job behind the scenes at the Academy Awards will be paid on the higher end of the pay distribution.”

Looks like this writer should have considered becoming a security consultant.

Job Titles Pay Type Median Pay 90th Percentile Pay Typical Degree Level
Security Consultant (Physical/Personnel/Grounds) Salaried $66,100 $160,000 Bachelor’s Degree
Production Manager, Television Salaried $64,800 $97,200 Bachelor’s Degree
Senior Accountant Salaried $64,600 $84,100 Bachelor’s Degree
Film/TV Producer Salaried $62,900 $127,000 Bachelor’s Degree
Fashion Designer Salaried $59,600 $96,800 Bachelor’s Degree
Web Designer & Developer Salaried $51,900 $83,800 Bachelor’s Degree
Television Director Salaried $47,900 $172,000 Bachelor’s Degree
Script Writer Salaried $45,200 $148,000 Bachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Specialist Salaried $45,800 $67,900 Bachelor’s Degree
Event Planner Salaried $44,400 $74,700 Bachelor’s Degree
Fashion Stylist Salaried $41,000 $79,300 Bachelor’s Degree
Stage Manager-Live Performances or Events Salaried $40,300 $80,800 Bachelor’s Degree
Features Reporter Salaried $31,700 $64,600 Bachelor’s Degree
Freelance Photographer Hourly $24.40 $100.60 Associate Degree
Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Hourly $19.60 $45.30 Associate Degree
Theatrical Lighting Technician Hourly $18.60 $34.50 Associate Degree
Chauffeur Hourly $16.80 $30.60 High School
Makeup Artist Hourly $16.80 $34.90 Certificate
Sound Board Operator Hourly $13.60 $23.90 Associate Degree
Hairdresser/Hairstylist Hourly $10.60 $20.10 Certificate
Janitor or Cleaner Hourly $10.20 $16.20 High School

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