How much do sex workers get paid?Share
The best way of describing sex work is as plain as it sounds. Selling sex. Sex workers receive monetary remuneration in exchange for consensual sexual services. In most countries, sex work is mainly regarded as sexual intercourse. However, with the internet and social media creating a global village, the industry has really evolved, and we’ve seen diversified forms of sex work. Examples include phone sex, erotic massages and travel companionships. Unfortunately, since this naughty profession is often considered taboo, it becomes hard to precise figures on how much sex workers are paid. However, we’ve gathered a few statistics and facts that will give you an idea of how much sex workers get paid.
What do sex workers do?
Understanding what sex workers do will help you know how much they make. First, it's important to note that not all sex workers engage in sexual intercourse. The most common forms of sex work include pornography acting, phone sex operating, escort services, webcam model and much more. The earnings are totally different in each category, and various variables control how much a sex worker can make over a certain period.
How much do sex workers get paid?
Regarding sex workers, who receive bookings and call-ins or call outs, the amount they get paid depends on the working conditions and negotiation skills. In some countries, escorts can make as much as $500 from a single booking. Some make between $2500-3000 per month working part-time, and more if working full time. For sex workers working with agencies, a specific cut of the amount paid, say about 30% per call, goes to the agency for arranging for bookings. A lot of sex workers prefer working with agencies since security is a guarantee.
When it comes to independent escorts, how much they get paid is dependent on demand, supply and negotiation skills. Say a sex worker operates independently, how market themselves as well as how they negotiate with their potential clients is the sole determinant of how much they get paid.
For strippers, the pay is likely to be more in big cities such as Las Vegas and Sydney, where striptease services are in demand, these sex workers tend to get higher pay than other cities. In such cities, a stripper can bag as much as $3000 a night, although sometimes the pay can go as low as $100-$200, especially for amateurs.
Regarding sex workers on online platforms such as Onlyfans, their pay is affected by the terms and conditions of the hosting company. The average Onlyfans model is paid about 180$ in a month, with the company taking 20% of the sum. However, the pioneer models of such platforms can bag as much as 20000 in a week!
Lastly, it’s important to clarify that sex work is real work. Although it's hard to explain how much the people in this secretive industry make, we can safely conclude that most sex workers are paid well, above the minimum wage.