#PayUpHollywood Releases Survey of 1,500 Entertainment Industry Assistants’ Pay, Working Conditions

  • 64.41% of respondents reported making $50,000 or less per year. A minimum annual income of $53,600 is required to not be considered “rent-burdened” in Los Angeles (ie, spending more than 30% of your income on rent.)
  • 67.58% of respondents reported having to work a second job to make ends meet while working as an assistant.
  • 78.21% of respondents reported their ethnicity as white; no other ethnicity comprised more than 10% of the total.
  • 78.61% of respondents who reported receiving financial assistance from family or friends also identified their ethnicity as white, showing a linkage between people’s ethnicities and the general ability of their families and peer groups to support their participation in low-paying careers. This privilege is not found among the majority of assistants of color.
  • 92.67% of respondents reported working more than 40 hours per week, with 15.04% reporting working more than 60 hours per week.
  • 92.29% of respondents reported an increase in anxiety due to work. 66.03% reported an increase in depression. 23.69% reported an increase in substance abuse.
  • 104 respondents reported having an object thrown at them by a supervisor or colleague.
  • 81.33% of respondents reported being asked to perform personal errands for their supervisors during work hours; 33.7% were asked to perform personal errands outside of work hours.
  • 68.61% respondents are between the ages of 25–34, which disproves the myth that the majority of assistants are in their first year or two out of college. 46.97% have been in their roles for more than 3 years.




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Liz Alper

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