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# The Working Actor: Three Guilds, Three Fees

SAG: Initiation fee = \$2,211 Annual base dues = \$116.00. In addition, members pay 1.85% of all individual earnings under SAG contracts between \$1 and \$200,000; and 0.5% of earnings from \$200,001 through \$500,000; plus 0.25% of earnings from \$500,001 to a maximum of \$1,000,000.   AFTRA: Initiation fee = \$1,300.00 plus dues covering […]

SAG:

Initiation fee = \$2,211

Annual base dues = \$116.00. In addition, members pay 1.85% of all individual earnings under SAG contracts between \$1 and \$200,000; and 0.5% of earnings from \$200,001 through \$500,000; plus 0.25% of earnings from \$500,001 to a maximum of \$1,000,000.

AFTRA:

Initiation fee = \$1,300.00 plus dues covering the first dues period.

Annual base dues = \$63.90. In addition, members pay 0.743% of earnings \$0.01- \$100,000; 0.137% from earnings \$100,000.01-\$250,000. Maximum semi-annual dues is \$1,012.40.

Equity

Initiation fee = \$1,100.

Annual base dues = \$118 per year. In addition, 2.25% of gross earnings under Equity contract. The maximum Equity earnings subject to working dues are \$300,000 per year.

Kimberly Dilts’ Story – An Actor’s Problem

Kimberly Dilts received \$2,998 for two days of work on an episode of “90210,” an AFTRA show.

She had to pay 10% to her agent and 15% to her manager. After taxes, she was left with \$528.50.

Dilts then had to join AFTRA for \$1,300. Dilts will receive roughly \$400 (after taxes and agent and manager fees) in residuals for the two first showings of the show on TV. She could receive roughly \$44 in residuals for a year’s worth of Internet streaming – if she’s lucky.