This January, the minimum wage in California will increase to a whopping $11 an hour, and that’s great news for entry-level Hollywood employees. Some assistant jobs have historically paid $500/week for a 50-hour work week, but these new laws should help curb that. Even so, you won't be making the big bucks. Our friend Sam Wilson at Any Possibility has a breakdown of entry-level salaries across the industry, and the highest she reports is $850/week as a writers’ or showrunner’s assistant, which is arguably not even an entry-level job, since you’ll usually need solid connections formed as a PA ($147/day) or agent’s assistant ($12/hour) to snag those gigs.
So, what’s a Hollywood hopeful to do with this information?
--Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan