Actor / Actress Salary

Median pay for Actors and Actresses in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Actors and Actresses who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while about one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in six. For the most part, Actors and Actresses enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,347 - $206,032
(Median)
$20K
$48K
$210K
MEDIAN: $48,237
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50%
90%

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$9.18 - $90.60
(Median)
$9
$20
$91
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$20,347 - $206,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$44,270  
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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$20,040 - $209,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$500$1K$1.5K
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $90.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$9.17  
Overtime
$9.44 - $1,000  
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
$0.00 - $49,316  
   
Profit Sharing
$44,270  
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).
)
$20,040 - $209,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 $45K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($42K) on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Actors and Actresses make a median salary of $50K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,065

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

With a pay rate for Actors and Actresses that is 443 percent greater than the national average, Hollywood offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Actors and Actresses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+52 percent) and New York (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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