Actor / Actress Salary
|Salary||$19,866 - $303,391|
|Bonus||$99.33 - $98,633|
|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).)
|$19,516 - $384,760|
|Hourly Rate||$7.87 - $256.02|
|Overtime||$2.57 - $998|
|Bonus||$99.33 - $98,633|
|Total Pay (||$19,516 - $384,760|
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.
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
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
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