Average Actor / Actress Salary

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The average salary for an Actor / Actress is $50,110.
MEDIAN $50,110
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$19k - $180k
$31 - $54k
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$90 - $39k
$0 - $8k
Total Pay
$20k - $214k

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Job Description for Actor / Actress

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.

Career Paths

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Actor / Actress
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Account Manager
Marketing Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Actor / Actress

Skills in Performer, Public Speaking and English Language are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Actor / Actress

An entry-level Actor / Actress with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,631 based on 39 salaries. An early career Actor / Actress with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,920 based on 169 salaries. A mid-career Actor / Actress with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,664 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Actor / Actress with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,301 based on 68 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $55,000.
Employees with Actor / Actress in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 18.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Detroit, Michigan (3.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (56.1% less), San Francisco, California (30.7% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (20.2% less).

Years of Experience

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