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.

A Actor will normally receive a salary between $0 and $208,000 depending on experience and talent. will most likely receive an average wage of zero dollars each year.

can get the best compensation in Arizona, where they can earn compensation, on average, of close to about $0. People with this job title have the most lucrative average salary level in Information, where they earn pay of $0.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.95 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Actors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$41
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34
Information
$33
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$30
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$28
Educational Services
$26

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
$17
Transportation and Warehousing
$19
Educational Services
$26
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$28
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$30
Information
$33