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  • $41,959
  • 63,800
  • 4.2
  • 11.6%
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How much does an Actor make in the United States?

Average Actor Yearly Salary in the United States

Actors earn an average yearly salary of $41,959. Salaries typically start from $10,400 and go up to $104,000.

Average Actor Hourly Wage in the United States

Actors earn an average hourly wage of $20.17. Hourly wages typically start from $5.00 and go up to $50.00.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

22%
Full-Time
78%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Actor demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.8
SCORE
2024
RATINGS
Actors average a score of 2.8 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Actors in the 30th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Actor satisfaction

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Actor Earnings by Seniority

Top End Actor Earnings

The highest earning Actors in the United States earn:

$50.00
an hour
$104,000
per year
Senior Actor Earnings

Senior Actors in the United States earn:

$19.23
an hour
$40,000
per year
Experienced Actor Earnings

Experienced Actors in the United States earn:

$12.98
an hour
$27,000
per year
Junior Actor Earnings

Junior Actors in the United States earn:

$5.00
an hour
$10,400
per year
Starting Actor Earnings

Starting Actors in the United States earn:

$5.00
an hour
$10,400
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Actor Salary Comparison

Actors earn more than 43% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Conductor Salary $59k
Singer Salary $51k
Choreographer Salary $48k
Circus Performer Salary $45k
Announcer Salary $44k
Actor Salary $41k
Costume Attendant Salary $37k
Dancer Salary $34k
Music Artist Salary $30k
Comedian Salary $29k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Actor salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Actor Salary in Pennsylvania $30.04 $62,472.9 # 1
Actor Salary in California $24.93 $51,848.1 # 2
Actor Salary in United States $20.17 $41,959.3 # 3
Actor Salary in Texas $16.60 $34,522.7 # 4
Actor Salary in New York $16.57 $34,473.7 # 5
Actor Salary in Massachusetts $16.45 $34,217.1 # 6
Actor Salary in Washington $14.86 $30,918 # 7
Actor Salary in New Jersey $13.08 $27,204.6 # 8
Actor Salary in Florida $13.03 $27,111.6 # 9
Actor Salary in Illinois $11.05 $22,988.6 # 10

Career Attributes

  • $41,959
  • 63,800
  • 4.2
  • 11.6%
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