Current SAG Rate: What is SAG-AFTRA Scale Pay?

The SAG rate/minimum pay is determined by which Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is
applicable for your production. The main factors determining the applicable CBA are the place
of primary exhibition and the budget size, although it’s always best to speak with a SAG
representative if you’re uncertain about your specific project. The most common SAG-AFTRA
agreements include:

  • SAG-AFTRA Theatrical (separated into Basic Theatrical, Low Budget, Modified Low
    Budget, Ultra Low Budget, Short Film, Student Short Film)
  • SAG-AFTRA Television
  • SAG-AFTRA New Media
  • SAG-AFTRA Commercial
  • SAG-AFTRA Corporate/Educational/Non-Broadcast Recording
  • SAG-AFTRA Interactive/Video Game

The minimum scale for SAG performers depends on which of these agreements applies, but can
also vary depending on agreement sub-type, production category, or other factors. While not
intended to be a comprehensive list of all possible SAG rates, below is a brief overview of
current SAG minimums for the common CBA’s:

1. SAG Film Rates
SAG Basic Theatrical Scale: $980.00 / Day | $3,403.00 / Week
SAG Low Budget Scale: $630.00 / Day | $2,190.00 / Week
SAG Mod-Low Scale: $335.00 / Day | $1,166.00 / Week
SAG Ultra Low Budget & Short Film Scale: $125.00 / Day
Stunt Coordinator Scale: $980.00 / Day | $3,655.00 / Week (all theatrical CBA’s)

2. SAG Television Rates (episodic)
SAG TV Scale: Major Role ½ Hour Program $5,258.00 / Week
SAG TV Scale: Major Role 1 Hour Program $8,413.00 / Week
SAG TV Scale Multiple Program: ½ OR 1 Hour Shows $2,460.00 / Week
SAG TV Scale Multiple Program: 1 ½ Hour Shows $2,892.00 / Week
SAG TV Scale Multiple Program: 2 Hour Shows $3,408.00 / Week

3. SAG New Media Rates
Under $50,000.00 budget: Rates are negotiable between Production and Performers, subject to minimum wage laws.

$50,000 – $249,999.00: $125.00 / day; Background/Stand-ins $96.00 / day*

$250,000 – $699,999.00: $335.00 / day; $1,166.00 / Week; BG $125.00 / day*

$700,000 – $999,999.00: $630.00 / day; $2,190.00 / Week; BG $166.00 / day*

$1,000,000.00+: Refer to Basic Theatrical & Television Rates

*Stunt Coordinators (daily or weekly) refer to Basic Theatrical & Television Rates on all budget brackets.

4. SAG Commercial Rates (1 st Use)
SAG Commercial Scale (Class A/ Cable/Wild): $671.69 On-Camera | $505.04 Off-Camera
SAG Commercial Scale (Class B, w/o NY): $1,036.56 On-Camera | $719.95 Off-Camera
SAG Commercial Scale (Class C): $617.71 On-Camera | $411.84 Off-Camera

5. SAG Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Rates
SAG Corporate Scale (Cat. I): $519.50 On-Camera | $425.50 Off-Camera 1 st Hour
SAG Corporate Scale (Cat. II): $647.00 On-Camera | $474.00 Off-Camera 1 st Hour
SAG Corporate Scale On-Camera Narrator (Cat. I): $945.00 | $519.50 / Each Add’l Day
SAG Corporate Scale On-Camera Narrator (Cat. II): $1,121.00 | $647.00 / Each Add’l Day

6. SAG Interactive/Video Game Rates
SAG Video Game Scale Off-Camera: Up to 4 voices / 4 Hours $825.50
SAG Video Game Scale On-Camera: $825.50 / Day
SAG Video Game Scale On-Camera: $2,088.25 / 3-Day
SAG Video Game Scale On-Camera: $3,150.90 / Week

*Note: some rates updated 7/1/2018, check back regularly for future updates.

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