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Performance Anxieties: Real Actors' Salaries and Where They Earn The Most Money
© Copyright 2011 by Aurelio Locsin.
Actors, whether on stage, TV or movies, are supposed to lead glamorous lives and make millions of dollars for taking us to different emotional and artistic places. And yet, their income is so irregular that the U.S. Department of Labor doesn’t even list annual salaries for them. Still, some employers and locations are better than others for these artistic professionals.
The 54,740 actors in the country average $28.44 per hour, with the lowest 10 percent earning $8.58 per hour and the highest 10 percent getting $64.04 per hour.
- Almost 30 percent work for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, where they earn means of $24.52 per hour.
- Second for jobs are performing arts companies, where 16 percent of the total get $20.96 per hour.
- Ranking third for employment are independent artists, writers and performers. The 7 percent here earn a mean $43.16 per hour.
In terms of highest paying industries:
- Number one goes to advertising, public relations and related services at a mean $49.81 per hour.
- Number two are other professional, scientific and technical services at a mean $48.86 per hour.
- Independent artists, writers and performers rank third.
The state with the most jobs for actors is New York, where 13 percent get a mean $26.95 per hour.
- Number two for employment is Louisiana, with over 1 percent of the jobs at a mean $10.62 per hour.
- In third place is Missouri, where closer to 1 percent make $17.96 per hour.
The top paying states for the profession have high populations.
- California, the most populous state, has salaries at $39.94 per hour.
- New York is next,
- Nevada is third at a mean $26.68 per hour for less than 1 percent of all jobs.
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- Screen Actors Guild
The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights.
- Central Casting
Central Casting has been providing the entertainment industry with background talent for more than 80 years, offering a full range of background services for every type of production.
- Actors\' Equity
Representing American Actors and Stage Managers in the Theatre
The cities with the most jobs for actors also have high populations.
- Number one, with the second largest general population in the country, is Los Angeles, where over 31 percent get a mean $40.01 per hour.
- Number two, with the biggest general population, is New York City, with 10 percent of the jobs at a mean $27.35 per hour.
- Dallas is number three with just over three percent of jobs averaging $25.01 per hour.
As for the best paying cities, the top three are located in California.
- Number one is Oakland, with rates at a mean $72.43 per hour.
- Second is San Diego at a mean $43.15.
- Los Angeles ranks third.
The non-metropolitan regions with the best employment for actors is Southwest Missouri, where 200 make $16.08 per hour.
- Central New York State is next with 80 jobs earning $13.64 per hour.
- Third is Eastern Tennessee, where 80 professionals get a mean $14.77 per hour.
The best rural area for wages is the Hawaii non-metropolitan with pay at $40 per hour.
- Number two is Southwest Missouri at a mean $16.08 per hour.
- Ranking third is Eastern Tennessee.