Actor / Actress Salary

Average Actors and Actresses in the United States make around $51K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the larger part lack any form of coverage — but more than a third have medical insurance, and slightly less than a third have dental, too. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Actors and Actresses who answered the questionnnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,366 - $304,834
$19K
$51K
$300K
MEDIAN: $50,725
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50%
90%

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$7.96 - $251.11
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$20
$250
MEDIAN: $19.60
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$0$392K
Salary $19,366 - $304,834
Bonus $100.00 - $90,000
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$19,134 - $392,514
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 132
Hourly Data $0$986
Hourly Rate $7.96 - $251.11
Hourly Tips $51.00
Overtime $7.64 - $986
Annual Data $0$392K
Bonus $100.00 - $90,000
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$19,134 - $392,514
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 87

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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 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.

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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

National Average: $49,172

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Hollywood offers some of the highest pay in the country for Actors and Actresses, 408 percent above the national average. Actors and Actresses will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent), Omaha (+27 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Actors and Actresses in Salt Lake City take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 68 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tucson (56 percent lower) and Nashville (37 percent lower).

Key Stats for Actor / Actress

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
▲44%

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$49,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 57%
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