Actor / Actress Salary

Actors and Actresses in the United States take home an average $48K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Actors and Actresses. About two in five enjoy medical while one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Male Actors and Actresses are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,426 - $188,187

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$9.69 - $78.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$20,426 - $188,187  
   
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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$20,396 - $185,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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$20,396 - $185,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Actors and Actresses make a median salary of $50K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $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 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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