I don't think they get 5K in amateur studio...
All I "heard" from Corbin Fisher studios, if they're very high demand model, they could get 1000-3000 for one scene.
Another, for Men studios, above 500/scene.
And... gay porn industry usually paid much more than straight porn, that why we often heard this days "gay for pay", straight man as gay acting porn. Gay porn also more less competition than straight porn.
Agreed. Studios are not paying their models as much as in the past,. There is so much more competition now, and many more studios, both established an amateur to choose from. If an actor is getting 5K a scene, he is really popular and working with an established studio.
I've heard of guys in straight porn being paid as low as $50 per scene. Straight porn is all about the woman, the man is not important at all - only his cock is.
That is why so many of them venture over to the gay side of the fence.
Wow only 50 bucks that's crazy