Actor / Actress Salary (United States)

The average pay for an Actor / Actress is $41,221 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Actor / Actress Total Pay (?
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$13,962 - $170,019
(Median)
14K
29K
75K
170K
MEDIAN: $41,220
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Actor / Actress Total Pay (?
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$9.73 - $59.40
(Median)
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59
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$13,962 - $170,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,040  
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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$19,194 - $160,562  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $59.40  
   
Overtime
$17.44 - $47.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,040  
   
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).
)
$19,194 - $160,562  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Actor / Actress

  • 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 50%
National Average
$42,000
New York
up arrow 7%
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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 17%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 2%
Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 57%
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