A high salary does not necessarily mean high satisfaction.

After graduation, acting graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $62,449, while the bottom 20% make closer to $21,816. The median grad salary is $36,910.

Acting graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in acting is $37,760, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $36,557.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for acting graduates

The highest paying career for acting graduates is actor, with top salaries averaging around $49,900.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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