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Actor / Actress Salary

Median pay for Actors and Actresses in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $38K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a fourth collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Actors and Actresses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,845 - $182,461
(Median)
$15K
$38K
$180K
MEDIAN: $37,534
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50%
90%

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$9.24 - $80.00
(Median)
$9
$19
$80
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
$14,845 - $182,461  
   
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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$16,640 - $183,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $80.00  
   
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 - $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).
)
$16,640 - $183,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Actors and Actresses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Actors and Actresses report making only $33K on average.

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 60%