The average salary for an Actor / Actress is $50,110.
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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. Some actors and actresses may opt to fulfill "extra" positions, which are far more common than speaking roles, while others may fulfill smaller …Read more
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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Actor / Actress
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Popular Skills for Actor / Actress
Oral / Verbal Communication
Social Media Marketing
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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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).
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