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SAG-AFTRA RATES

All rates listed here are based on public information available on the SAG-AFTRA website and are current as this posting dated 3/16/23. Please check and confirm directly on the SAG-AFTRA website here: SAG-AFTRA CONTRACTS. Categories and rates listed here are the most commonly used ones for voice over and are only partial categories covered by the SAG-AFTRA contract

AUDIO COMMERCIALS

Pension and health contribution

P&H CONTRIBUTION - 20.5%.  19.25% discounted rate for JPC authorizers

Agreement Rate Notes
SESSION FEE $347.60 This SESSION FEE is paid for each spot you record. Sessions are 1.5 hours. A like amount is paid each 13-WEEK renewal cycle while in use.
LA or Chicago Alone 13 - Week “WILD SPOT” USE RATE $472.02 A “WILD SPOT” is for UNLIMITED use in as many cities, on as many stations for any number of airings. When your “WILD SPOT” airs you are paid the USE RATE based on the number and size of those cities. NOTE: Producers are given, in most cases, one credit for the previously paid SESSION FEE. That SESSION FEE amount is only deducted from the FIRST 13-WEEK USE RATE payment.
NY 13 Week "WILD SPOT" $520.44 A “WILD SPOT” is for UNLIMITED use in as many cities, on as many stations for any number of airings. When your “WILD SPOT” airs you are paid the USE RATE based on the number and size of those cities. NOTE: Producers are given, in most cases, one credit for the previously paid SESSION FEE. That SESSION FEE amount is only deducted from the FIRST 13-WEEK USE RATE payment.
ADDITIONAL "TAG" RATE (AT BEGINNING, MIDDLE, OR END)
Agreement Rate Notes
Tag 2-25 $143.84/tag
Tags 26-50 $103.23/tag
Tags 51+ $56.33/tag
ADDITIONAL AUDIO COMMERCIAL RATES
Agreement Rate Notes
“DEMOS & COPY TESTS FOR NON-AIR“ SESSION FEE $239.55
4 - WEEK “NATIONAL NETWORK” USE RATE $954.22
13 - WEEK “REGIONAL NETWORK” USE RATE $1138.24
13 - WEEK “NATIONAL NETWORK” USE RATE $1886.24
AUDIO COMMERCIAL FOR INTERNET AND NEW MEDIA
Agreement Rate Notes
MOVE-OVER-INTERNET (4 WEEK OPTION) $434.50 (Use on Pandora, Spotify etc)
MOVE-OVER- NEW MEDIA (4 WEEK OPTION) $434.50 (Anything on an app or new digital platform)
MADE-FOR-INTERNET (4 WEEK OPTION) $434.50 (NOT playing on terrestrial radio first)
MADE-FOR-NEW MEDIA (4 WEEK OPTION) $434.50

SAG-AFTRA RATES

BROADCAST TELEVISION COMMERCIALS*

Pension and health contribution

P&H CONTRIBUTION - 20.5%.  19.25% discounted rate for JPC authorizers

Agreement Rate Notes
SESSION FEE $588.90 This SESSION FEE is paid for each spot recorded. A like amount is paid each 13-WEEK renewal Cycle for USE or HOLD (HOLDING FEE).
ADDITIONAL "TAG" ea. $175.16 2-25 IN BODY OF SPOT OR AT END
"NON-AIR DEMO" FEE $294.46
13-WEEK "PRGM CLASS A/ NETWORK" (EACH AIRING) USE RATES
Agreement Rate Notes
1ST USE $588.90
2ND USE $123.81
3RD USE $98.48
4-13 USES $98.48 EA.
14-18 USES OR MORE $44.74 EA. (For TV commercials airing on national television, i.e. ABC, CBS, NBC, you get paid for each time that it airs on a decreasing schedule.)

SAG-AFTRA RATES

INTERNET COMMERCIALS

Pension and health contribution

P&H CONTRIBUTION - 20.5%.  19.25% discounted rate

If internet commercial is a shorter mechanical edit, it counts as 1 spot.  Any NEW footage, or commercial filmed separately, is considered a NEW commercial and will come with its own set of residuals.  

There is only Traditional Digital and Streaming Platforms  (inclusive of all other digital uses) 

Options are 4 week, 13 week, and 52 week for each type of use. They combine Internet and New Media.

Internet and New Media are combined and it allows you to use it on those platforms for the fees paid. This is specific to TV commercials only.  See above for Audio Only rates.  You are allowed to credit the session fee toward the use as long as it is used with the first 13 weeks of the sessions.

Agreement Rate Notes
1ST SESSION $588.90
2ND SESSION $123.81
3RD SESSION $98.48
4TH SESSION $98.48 EA.
5TH SESSION $44.74 EA. (For TV commercials airing on national television, i.e. ABC, CBS, NBC, you get paid for each time that it airs on a decreasing schedule.)

SAG-AFTRA RATES

VIDEO GAME - INTERACTIVE*

Pension and health contribution

16.5%

Agreement Rate Notes
DAY PERFORMER (up to 3 voices/4 hour day) $956.75
DAY PERFORMER (1 voice/ 1 hour) $478.50 Additional voices are $319 each
6-10 VOICES/ 6 HOUR DAY $1,917.25
ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION
1ST SESSION $75
2ND SESSION $125
3RD SESSION $175
4TH SESSION $175
5TH SESSION $225
6TH SESSION $225
7TH SESSION $275
8TH SESSION $275
9TH SESSION $275
10TH SESSION $275
Total Additional Compensation After 10 Sessions $2,100 Paid to all principal performers no later than the release date of the game.


AUDIOBOOK*

SAG-AFTRA has approximately 90 audiobook contracts with minimums ranging from $200-275 PFH plus SAG-AFTRa health and AFTRA retirement contributions.  
For audiobook questions reach out to the Audiobook department at SAG-AFTRA
Jane Love: National Director of Audiobooks: jane.love@sagaftra.org
Andrea Henderson: Andrea.Henderson@sagaftra.org

ADR WALLA*

SESSION FEE – $933.00
This SESSION FEE is paid for recognizable voicing of five lines or more in a Theatrical Film, MOW, TV Series or Pilot. Residuals are paid based on each airing either Network, Syndication, Cable or Foreign and Video or Multimedia release. These residuals are activated using the same formula as on-camera performers. The voice performer is placed on the CAST LIST.

SAG-AFTRA RATES

CORP/EDUCATIONAL AND NON-BROADCAST*

Pension and health contribution

$18.75

Agreement Rate Notes
OFF-CAMERA DAY PERFORMER (VO) (FIRST HOUR SPENT IN YOUR RECORDING SESSION):
Cat 1 $505 Cat I usually in museums, etc. and use in perpetuity,
Cat 2 $563 Cat II is unlimited exhibition and even the internet and has a 3 year use limitation.
NARRATION (EACH ADDITIONAL HALF HOUR INCREMENT OF SESSION) - $132.00 $148.00

SAG-AFTRA RATES

FEATURE AND TELEVISION ANIMATION

Pension and health contribution

Pending entry

Agreement Rate Notes
LEGACY AFTRA SERIES: SESSION FEE (SEGMENT 10 MINUTES OR LESS) $1,014
LEGACY AFTRA SERIES: SESSION FEE (SEGMENT 10 MINUTES OR LONGER) $1,120 This SESSION FEE is paid for up to Three Voices in a single program or segments of programs. If more than Three Voices, you shall be paid an additional $326 per voice. Residuals are based on Producers optioned payment schedules.

SAG-AFTRA CONTACT INFO

 

www.sagaftra.org

24-Hour Safety Hotline (844) 723-3773

National Headquarters
(855) 724-2387
5757 Wilshire Blvd 7th Fl, LA 90036


New York Office
(212) 944-1030
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023


SAG Producers Pension Plan (800)-777-4013. 9-5pm PST
SAG AFTRA Health Plans (818) 954-9400 www.sagaftraplans.org
Residuals Department (323) 549-6507

If you believe you have experienced workplace harassment or unlawful discrimination,
call your union at (855) SAG-AFTRA/(855) 724-2387 and press 1


Before working a session, it is the actor’s responsibility to call the union to ensure they’re about to work for a producer with a current signatory status


CONTRACTS

If you have a question regarding any detail or provision of a SAG-AFTRA contract, call the appropriate division for clarification or interpretation

Audiobooks (212) 863-4242 (New York) (301) 657-2560 x4859 (Wash-Mid Atlantic)
Animation (323) 549-6835 tvcontracts@sagaftra.org
Commercials (323) 549-6858  AdsGoUnion@sagaftra.org
CoEd-Industrial (323) 549-6858 comm.coedinfo@sagaftra.org
Dubbing (323) 549-6815 voiceover@sagaftra.org
Interactive (Video Games)  (323) 549-6815 interactive@sagaftra.org
Music Videos (323) 549-6864
music@sagaftra.org
New Media/Television (323) 549-6446 newmedia@sagaftra.org
Promos & Trailers  (323) 634-8163

Voice Over Department  (323) 549-6815
Theatrical (323) 549-6828

ONLINE RESOURCES
Login at www.sagaftra.org to update your contact information, learn how to join SAG-AFTRA, and check your dues status


Diversity Department or Report Sexual Harassment (323) 549-6644


Whether you’re working in the USA or abroad, always comply with the Union’s Global Rule One… “No Contract/No Work” by confirming that a production is a signatory and always pre-check with SAG-AFTRA’s Contracts Department for important information regarding rates, working conditions and more.

Make sure the Union has your current contact information so you don’t miss out on important news and notices for workshops, seminars and screenings.

Visit www.sagaftra.org for updates

GVAA RATES

GVAA Rate Guide (Click Here)
Embedded version coming soon

The GVAA Rate Guide is intended solely as an informational and educational resource for the Voiceover Community, Talent, and Producers to consider when determining their own rates. Please read the complete GVAA Rate Guide Disclaimer here.

SIGNATORY/PAYMASTERS

 

The VORG does not endorse any specific signatory or paymaster services.

Please do your due diligence when working with a signatory or paymaster.

Best practice is to keep records of all communication as well as contracts and pay stubs for all projects worked.

If you know of any websites you think should be added to this list, please submit them to

info@voiceoverresourceguide.com

 
 Falcon Paymasters (All contracts)

“Production Payroll Experts and Stellar Customer Service from an experienced paymaster!”
FALCON PAYMASTERS

 

soundBOX Signatory Services (All contracts except Audiobooks and Commercial)
“Signatory and Payroll services.  By talent, for talent.”
SB SIGNATORY

 

Skywire Paymaster Services (Audiobooks only)
Specializing in and serving the audiobook industry since 2017.
SKYWIRE PAYMASTER

 

DG Entertainment (All contracts)
Signatory and Paymaster services located in Los Angeles.
DG Entertainment

 

Wrapbook (Payroll services only)
“Production Payroll, Made Simple”
WRAPBOOK

 
 
 
 
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