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Money Talks
Daytime TV Magazine, September 1979
Article Provided By Wanda

Actors who play extras on soap operas don't speak lines, but get paid for keeping silent. They earn at least $80 on a 30-minute show and $95 on a 60-minute show.

Under-fivers (actors who speak five lines or less) earn a minimum of $130 on a 30-minute show and $162 on an hour show.

Principals (actors with five lines or more) must be paid at least $267 on a half-hour show and $367 on an hour show.

These are scale wages set by the performers' union AFTRA but many soap actors who become stars earn from $100,000 to $200,000 a year. A few even earn more than $300,000 a year.

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