Actor / Actress Salary

Earnings for Actors and Actresses in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Actors and Actresses (62 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while roughly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Work is enjoyable for Actors and Actresses, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,134 - $183,762
(Median)
$20K
$48K
$180K
MEDIAN: $48,054
10%
50%
90%

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$9.69 - $78.61
(Median)
$9
$20
$79
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
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
$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: 20 Jun 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: 20 Jun 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.


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 $50K. Actors and Actresses who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. For some reason, Actors and Actresses with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $33K.

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
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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