Salary for Actors

Also known as:  Actor Understudy, Actress, Dramatic Reader, Elocutionist, Monologist, Vaudeville Actor, Voice-Over Artist

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Actors adopt the gestures, facial expressions, body movements, and speech of real or fictitious individuals in order to inform, instruct or entertain audiences. They may perform live, on television, in film, or over the radio. Additionally, some actors may work in voice-over format. These professionals audition for roles, memorize lines, and learn skills such as dancing or singing. They may collaborate with or assist technical staff with lighting, props, costumes, makeup, and work with other actors. Their performances can be either comedic or dramatic. Many professionals in this field do not have high school diplomas, but may have received specialized training in acting.

Actors of course have some of the most widely celebrated pay discrepencies out of any career. Although we hear about movie stars that demand $10 million per picture, most working actors have a much more normal payscale. Actors are many times compensated at an hourly rate that averages approxiamately $28/hour.

Actors are paid at the highest average level in Hawaii, where they receive an average salary rate of approximating $41. Employees in this career can get the best compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they receive a compensation of $26.

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The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for an Actor, please select your state.
HOURLY RATE
SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 26.69 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Actors tend to make the most in the following industries
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $26
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $25
Other Services (except Public Administration) $23
Educational Services $16
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $16
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $16
Educational Services $16
Other Services (except Public Administration) $23
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $25
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $26
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