There's a well-worn porn cliche about the college student-turned-actress who decided to have sex in front of a camera in order to pay off her student loans. Like many cliches, it's rarely true — but it's worth wondering: How big are paychecks in the porn business, anyway? Money is a topic that's shrouded in mystery in the adult entertainment world. While it's widely presumed to be a multibillion dollar industry, there's no real firm accounting to back that up. Companies regularly inflate their numbers when speaking publicly and may deflate them at opportune times as well. The same is true of performers. While that report breaks down average salaries among several careers, there is no data about adult performers. So to determine who makes what, CNBC spoke with a number of individuals who work in all aspects of the adult world to get a sense of what sort of money trades hands. While there's no way to say with absolute certainty that the figures are correct, they were supported by enough people to at least seem roughly right. Women are, of course, the main attraction in mainstream porn — and, as you might expect, the amounts paid to actresses span a wide range.
14. Sasha Grey
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This Ukrainian porn star gave her first audition after she turned 18 and has since been in more than videos. The Japanese-American actress is perhaps the best known Asian porn star in the indusrty, earning her big bucks in the adult industry after getting her start as a stripper and dominatrix. She takes on behind-the-camera production and make-up roles, and is even a successful small business owner. She is an Indo Canadian actress, businesswoman and model. Sunny was also an adult actress. Most of her wealth is acquired from her modelling and acting career. As one of the most popular porn stars in the world, Sasha Grey stunned and delighted audiences with hardcore scenes. Retired at 21, she is a highly intellectual person formerly in the industry.
While consumers of porn enjoy watching it, they rarely consider the actresses and actors at the heart of the films. But why do people become porn performers? How much do they get paid and does this depend on what they do? Hay, who is British-born, co-founded the company in after performing as an adult actor himself. Overseeing and managing the pay of his clients is part of his job. The pay for adult performers is not set in stone, and usually vastly depends on what they are willing to do. The rates could go up or down by 10 to 20 per cent depending on who the performer is, their agent and other factors. However, for some scenes this pay cheque can increase significantly, more so if it involves a sexual act the performer has not done before as the studio will raise their pay in order to incentivise the actress.