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|
|Sound Board Operator||Hourly||$13.60||$23.90||Associate Degree|
|Janitor or Cleaner||Hourly||$10.20||$16.20||High School|