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Actor / Actress Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Actor / Actress is $38,194 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Actor / Actress Salary (?
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$13,962 - $123,650
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $38,194
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Actor / Actress Salary (?
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$9.70 - $59.81
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$13,962 - $123,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$19,098 - $137,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $59.81  
   
Overtime
$17.44 - $47.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
   
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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$19,098 - $137,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Actor / Actress

  • 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 53%
National Average
$41,000
New York
up arrow 6%
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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 1%
Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
46%
female alumni
 
Male
54%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 57%