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Actor / Actress Salary

The average Actor or Actress in the United States earns approximately $41K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly two in five, and one-fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Actors and Actresses is high. Male Actors and Actresses who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,216 - $181,825
(Median)
$19K
$41K
$180K
MEDIAN: $40,963
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90%

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$9.67 - $78.91
(Median)
$9
$20
$79
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$19,216 - $181,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$19,910 - $181,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $78.91  
   
Overtime
$12.75 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$19,910 - $181,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $31K.

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 61%
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