Average Actors and Actresses in the United States make around $51K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — the greater part lack coverage. On the flip side, more than a third have medical insurance and slightly more than a fifth receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Actors and Actresses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Actors and Actresses who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,866 - $303,391
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MEDIAN: $51,059
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$7.87 - $256.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$19,866 - $303,391  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $98,633  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,516 - $384,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$340$680$1.02K
Hourly Rate
$7.87 - $256.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$55.00  
Overtime
$2.57 - $998  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$700K$1.4M$2.1M
Bonus
$99.33 - $98,633  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,516 - $384,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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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.

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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 $49K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($43K) on average. Actors and Actresses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,894

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Actors and Actresses in Hollywood enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 401 percent above the national average. Actors and Actresses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent). Actors and Actresses in New York take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average.

Key Stats for Actor / Actress

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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