Alaska workers earn less than $7,000 in latest 'Deadliest Catch'

Posted on December 3, 2012 

The "Time Bandit," seen here in a pre-film subsidy season of Discovery's Deadliest Catch." Alaskan workers made less than $7,000 on season eight of the series, according to the Alaska Film Office.


From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Alaskans made less than $7,000 working on the latest season of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” according to paperwork filed by the Alaska Film Office.

Out-of-state workers earned $1.3 million, the film office says.

The salary numbers represent wages for eight Alaskan crew members on the series and 35 non-Alaskan workers, according to a film subsidy application approved Wednesday by the state. Producers for season eight of the crab-fishing reality show – a series that began production long before Alaska began offering generous public subsidies for TV and film projects – are receiving about $691,000 in state incentives.

The producers reported spending about $285,000 on in-state shipping and transportation, and $231,000 on food and lodging.

Alaska residents earned $44,000 working on season seven of "Deadliest Catch," compared to $1.3 million paid to non-Alaska residents. The state awarded the show $786,000 in subsidies that year.

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