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Actor / Actress Salary

The average Actor or Actress in the United States earns approximately $43K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 60 percent of Actors and Actresses are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in five collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,309 - $182,892
(Median)
$19K
$42K
$180K
MEDIAN: $42,500
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
$19,309 - $182,892  
   
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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$20,020 - $181,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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 (?
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).
)
$20,020 - $181,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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 for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $31K.

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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Entry-Level
0%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$42,000

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
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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