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We at On Location Casting understand how important it is for you to be compensated for the work you do on our sets. We know the importance of receiving an accurate paycheck in a timely manner. For that reason, we have put together some information to help you with any payroll related questions or issues you may encounter while working with OLC.

The first thing to remember is that On Location Casting does NOT handle payroll. We are not the people who pay you and have no access to your payroll files. We are not able to tell you when you will receive your pay check or resolve payroll related problems for you. We WILL try to help you if we can, though.

On Location Casting is NOT your employer of record. The payroll company for the specific project you are working on is listed as your Employer. If you intend to file for unemployment after you have finished working with us – you MUST list the payroll company as your employer on your unemployment claim in order to avoid any delays with your claim.

Pay rates and payroll processing times vary by project and location. Be sure to ask what your rate of pay will be before you accept a job.

Average processing time for you to receive your pay check is between 10 -14 business days, not including weekends or holidays, from the day AFTER you work. It takes a day for your voucher to make it from the set to the accounting department, so you should not count your work day in the 10-14 day waiting period. If you do not receive your check in a timely manner, please contact the payroll company listed on your voucher. Be sure to have your voucher handy when calling in so that you can provide date worked, start time, end time and rate.

YOU are responsible for making sure your voucher and your I-9 are filled out legibly, completely and with your accurate information. If your address changes after you have worked and before you receive your check, you will need to contact the payroll company.

*ALWAYS keep a copy of your voucher receipt for employment verification until you receive the check corresponding to that voucher. Without your receipt, it is difficult to verify that you worked.

*ALWAYS double check your voucher for accuracy BEFORE you leave the check-out table at the end of the day!

**FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR PAY CHECK – CALL the Payroll Company for your specific project directly!!

Some frequently used Payroll Companies are listed here for your convenience:

  • CAPS Universal Payroll
    (310) 280-0755
  • EMS Payroll Services
    (505) 888-7977 New Mexico
    (818) 386-0905 Main Office
  • Cast & Crew
    (818) 848-6022
  • EP Talent Services
    (800) 417-0037
  • Film Payment Media Services
    (310) 471-9386
  • Sessions
    (818) 841-5202
  • Talent Partners
    (312) 923-7572

If you do not see your payroll company listed, please check your voucher or call your local On Location Casting office.

Most Extra work is paid on a standard guarantee of 8 hours, which means you will be paid the 8 hour base rate even if you work less than 8 hours. Overtime will be paid at Time and one Half for each hour worked over 8 hours. Stand-in work usually guarantees 12 hours, overtime would start after you have worked 12 hours. An average work day is usually about 12 hours.

UNION EXTRAS RATES – currently NOT paid in New Mexico or Texas
SAG Rate:
$134.00 for up to 8 hours of work

Varies between $99.00 - $134.00 for up to 8 hours work (varies by project)

*For a complete listing of Union rates and adjustments, please visit or

You will always be paid at least the minimum wage for your state. Some projects pay more than minimum wage. Below is a sampling of current rates:

$64.00 for up to 8 hours ($8.00 per hour) - Los Angeles

$64.00 for up to 8 hours ($8.00 per hour) - Las Vegas

$64.00 for up to 8 hours ($8.00 per hour) - Dallas

$58.00 for up to 8 hours ($7.25 per hour) - Austin

$64.00 for up to 8 hours ($8.00 per hour) - Albuquerque

$76.00 for up to 8 hours ($9.50 per hour) - Santa Fe: within city limits

$64.00 for up to 8 hours ($8.00 per hour) - Santa Fe: outside city limits

Rates for Stand-ins, Photo Doubles, Featured Extras and Special Ability Extras are higher than General Extras rates and vary by project. Check with your Casting Staff for rates before accepting a booking.

We also cast Principal roles and higher base jobs. Rates vary by project.


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