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Actor / Actress Salary

Average Actors and Actresses in the United States make around $39K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and one-fourth earn dental coverage. Men working as Actors and Actresses who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. Work is enjoyable for Actors and Actresses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$14,093 - $122,554
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MEDIAN: $38,794
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$9.84 - $78.91
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$14,093 - $122,554  
   
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$0.00 - $12,000  
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$19,773 - $153,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $78.91  
   
Overtime
$14.71 - $40.69  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$0.00 - $12,000  
   
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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$19,773 - $153,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. 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 $31K on average.

Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 58%