Actor / Actress Salary

Actors and Actresses in the United States take home an average $51K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Actors and Actresses is extremely high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by about two in five and dental insurance is reported by nearly one in four. The vast majority of Actors and Actresses (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,973 - $306,386
$20K
$51K
$310K
MEDIAN: $51,059
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50%
90%

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$7.81 - $258.41
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$260
MEDIAN: $19.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$19,973 - $306,386  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $98,264  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$19,539 - $399,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$340$680$1K
Hourly Rate
$7.81 - $258.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$55.00  
Overtime
$2.64 - $996  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$700K$1M$2M
Bonus
$100.00 - $98,264  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$19,539 - $399,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $44K. Actors and Actresses see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,164

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

Hollywood offers some of the highest pay in the country for Actors and Actresses, 398 percent above the national average. Actors and Actresses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+30 percent), Omaha (+25 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). Actors and Actresses in Salt Lake City report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 69 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tucson and Nashville (56 percent lower and 38 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Actor / Actress

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
▲41%

▲10%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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