What's the Pay?
The specific rate that they will get paid will be based on the project, the unions involved, the budget, and a whole range of other elements. For the Commercial Production Association of Toronto the rate is set at $650-$1000 per day, which will include meals during production. This is a fairly high rate, but keeping in mind that production days can go beyond twelve hours and that those working on set do not have steady work throughout the year.
The primary way to determine the assistant director’s salary is to look at the Director’s Guild of America’s requirements for salary, which also handles directors themselves and unit production managers. The rates there are different depending on the different classification of project, and this has a fairly huge range. For shooting at a studio, the weekly salary requirement is going to be $4,481 and if they are on location it will be $6,266. In the same way the daily employment salary for the studio will be $1,178 and the location salary will be $1,650. Multi-camera work, which often refers to situation comedies on television, will yield $4,066 a week on the studio and $5,684 on location. For multi-camera pilots that have not been picked up yet then you will have to drop the rates down to $3,986 for studio and $5,573 on location. There are production fees associated here as well that are not part of the regular salary.
These rates are then compared with different requirements from the DGA for those working, such as in a given week the sixth and seventh day are to be taken off if the week is assumed to begin on Monday. If they work the sixth day they will be paid 150% of their wage, and for the seventh day they must receive 200% of their salary. All of this has additional production feels and, in the case of the seventh day, another 1/5 of the studio salary in certain situations. They will also be required certain amounts of prep time depending on the project, yet for those days they will not end up receiving a meal.