Actor / Actress Salary
Job Description for Actor / Actress
An actor or actress is someone who portrays a fictional role for entertainment purposes, often for presentations, plays, movies, and television shows. Actors often read at auditions in order to acquire roles; for any given job, there may be hundreds or thousands of people auditioning, so strong perseverance is important to succeed in this line of work.Read More...
Some actors and actresses may opt to fulfill "extra" positions, which are far more common than speaking roles, while others may fulfill smaller roles in order to gain experience for major roles. For roles with speaking parts, a main challenge is the ability to memorize lines while playing the part in a believable manner. Some roles may require actors to alter their individual appearance to suit them, as well.
Practice and memorization must be carried out frequently, and teamwork skills are important in many roles, as the success of one person’s role may depend on the efforts of others. Patience is very important, as actors may perform scenes multiple times until their quality is satisfactory. There are no minimum education requirements, though acting classes and other education in acting is highly beneficial in order to develop skills.
Actor / Actress Tasks
- Follow physical, costuming, voice and language guidelines to act as a character.
- Appear on time and work well with other staff.
- Follow blocking and movement instructions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Actor / Actress
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $48K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($42K) on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Actors and Actresses who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $71K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Actors and Actresses in Hollywood enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 410 percent above the national average. Actors and Actresses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.