"... but he's paid a pittance."

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You cannot omit "is" since "to be paid" is a passive voice word combination.

He works hard but is paid a pittance.

I believe you can drop "he" here.
 

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"He works hard but he's paid a pittance."

Is this sentence wordy?

I don't really think we can call a sentence with two clauses containing nine words 'wordy'.
 
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He works hard for a pittance has a broadly similar meaning and does it with six words, but I agree with 5jj that nine isn't wordy here.
 
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