Actor / Actress Salary

The average Actor or Actress in the United States earns approximately $48K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Actors and Actresses (65 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Actors and Actresses is high. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in four collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,347 - $206,032
(Median)
$20K
$48K
$210K
MEDIAN: $48,237
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90%

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$9.18 - $90.60
(Median)
$9
$20
$91
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,065

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

Home to some of the best pay for Actors and Actresses, Hollywood offers exceptional salaries, 443 percent above the national average. 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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