Actor / Actress Salary

Median pay for Actors and Actresses in the United States is around $48K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Approximately two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a fifth collect dental insurance. Male Actors and Actresses are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Actors and Actresses is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,134 - $183,762
(Median)
$20K
$48K
$180K
MEDIAN: $47,794
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90%

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$9.69 - $78.61
(Median)
$9
$20
$79
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$20,134 - $183,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
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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$20,330 - $182,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $78.61  
   
Overtime
$12.75 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
   
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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$20,330 - $182,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Actors and Actresses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $33K.

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 59%
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