Actor / Actress Salary

The average Actor or Actress in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The greater part of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, approximately two in five report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Actors and Actresses greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Actors and Actresses largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,021 - $231,616
$19K
$50K
$230K
MEDIAN: $49,662
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50%
90%

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$9.21 - $100
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$100
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$0$254K
Salary $19,021 - $231,616
Bonus $101 - $99,329
Profit Sharing $3,000
Commission $54,000
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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$19,361 - $254,902
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 226
Hourly Data $0$982
Hourly Rate $9.21 - $100
Hourly Tips $8.33
Overtime $6.00 - $983
Annual Data $0$254K
Bonus $101 - $99,329
Commission $54,000
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$19,361 - $254,902
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 138

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: $47,312

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

Hollywood is home to an above-average pay rate for Actors and Actresses, 412 percent higher than the national average. Actors and Actresses can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+33 percent), Omaha (+28 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Compared to the national average, Salt Lake City Actors and Actresses have considerably lower salaries, 68 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tucson and Nashville (55 percent lower and 36 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Actor / Actress

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Actor / Actress Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

▲17%

▲5%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 60%