Actor / Actress Salary

Median pay for Actors and Actresses in the United States is around $52K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part lack health benefits of any kind, around two in five do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-fourth get dental coverage, too. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. 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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$19,947 - $309,126
$20K
$52K
$310K
MEDIAN: $51,758
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50%
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$7.86 - $254.66
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MEDIAN: $19.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$19,947 - $309,126  
   
Bonus
$98.99 - $97,444  
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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$19,402 - $393,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$340$680$1K
Hourly Rate
$7.86 - $254.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$2.80 - $991  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$700K$1M$2M
Bonus
$98.99 - $97,444  
   
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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$19,402 - $393,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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: $50,283

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
▲41%

▲10%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 57%
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