Actor / Actress Salary
|Salary||$19,947 - $309,126|
|Bonus||$98.99 - $97,444|
|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).)
|$19,402 - $393,999|
|Hourly Rate||$7.86 - $254.66|
|Overtime||$2.80 - $991|
|Bonus||$98.99 - $97,444|
|Total Pay (||$19,402 - $393,999|
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.Read More...
Some actors and actresses may opt to fulfill "extra" positions, which are far more common than speaking roles, while others may fulfill smaller roles in order to gain experience for major roles. For roles with speaking parts, a main challenge is the ability to memorize lines while playing the part in a believable manner. Some roles may require actors to alter their individual appearance to suit them, as well.
Practice and memorization must be carried out frequently, and teamwork skills are important in many roles, as the success of one person’s role may depend on the efforts of others. Patience is very important, as actors may perform scenes multiple times until their quality is satisfactory. There are no minimum education requirements, though acting classes and other education in acting is highly beneficial in order to develop skills.
Actor / Actress Tasks
- Follow physical, costuming, voice and language guidelines to act as a character.
- Appear on time and work well with other staff.
- Follow blocking and movement instructions.
Pay by Experience Level for Actor / Actress
Pay by Experience for an Actor / Actress has a positive trend. An entry-level Actor / Actress with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 125 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Actor / Actress with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Actor / Actress which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 51 salaries. An Actor / Actress with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 19 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Actors and Actresses, Hollywood offers exceptional salaries, 397 percent above the national average. Actors and Actresses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent), Omaha (+24 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Actors and Actresses in Salt Lake City take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 69 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tucson (57 percent lower) and Nashville (38 percent lower).
Key Stats for Actor / Actress
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