Actors and Actresses in the United States take home an average $50K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. It's heartening to note that most people in this field love their work, finding it both fun and rewarding. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and about one in four have dental, as well. The vast majority of Actors and Actresses (84 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,665 - $255,321
(Median)
$19K
$50K
$260K
MEDIAN: $49,794
10%
50%
90%

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$7.85 - $250.56
(Median)
$7
$20
$250
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$18,665 - $255,321  
   
Bonus
$254.75 - $45,000  
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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$17,956 - $306,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$500$1K$1.5K
Hourly Rate
$7.85 - $250.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$55.00  
Overtime
$7.79 - $1,002  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$1M$2M$3M
Bonus
$254.75 - $45,000  
   
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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$17,956 - $306,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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 blocking and movement instructions.
  • Appear on time and work well with other staff.
  • Follow physical, costuming, voice and language guidelines to act as a character.

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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

National Average: $48,986

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, 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.

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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