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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-2011 Actors

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.


National estimates for Actors
Industry profile for Actors
Geographic profile for Actors

National estimates for Actors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Actors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,100 24.7 % $ 31.31 (4) 7.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Actors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.16 $ 15.02 $ 23.48 $ 30.00 $ 61.98
  (4)

Industry profile for Actors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Actors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Actors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Actors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 15,970 5.06 $ 33.54 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 3,420 0.34 $ 31.01 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,150 0.11 $ 25.17 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 1,830 2.64 $ 28.64 (4)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 640 0.49 $ 15.74 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Actors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 15,970 5.06 $ 33.54 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 1,830 2.64 $ 28.64 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 450 0.57 $ 21.47 (4)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 640 0.49 $ 15.74 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 3,420 0.34 $ 31.01 (4)

Top paying industries for Actors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $ 67.91 (4)
Radio and Television Broadcasting (8) (8) $ 39.15 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 15,970 5.06 $ 33.54 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 3,420 0.34 $ 31.01 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 1,830 2.64 $ 28.64 (4)


Geographic profile for Actors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Actors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Actors, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of actors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Actors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,430 0.51 2.39 $ 41.05 (4)
Pennsylvania 3,350 0.60 2.80 $ 23.40 (4)
Illinois 2,750 0.49 2.29 $ 24.49 (4)
Louisiana 930 0.52 2.43 $ 15.90 (4)
Maryland 890 0.35 1.64 $ 31.92 (4)


Map of location quotient of actors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Actors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 720 0.93 4.34 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 3,350 0.60 2.80 $ 23.40 (4)
Louisiana 930 0.52 2.43 $ 15.90 (4)
New York 4,430 0.51 2.39 $ 41.05 (4)
Illinois 2,750 0.49 2.29 $ 24.49 (4)


Map of annual mean wages of actors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Actors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 140 0.09 0.44 $ 46.35 (4)
New York 4,430 0.51 2.39 $ 41.05 (4)
California (8) (8) (8) $ 38.43 (4)
New Jersey 620 0.16 0.75 $ 37.81 (4)
Washington 310 0.10 0.46 $ 34.99 (4)



Map of employment of actors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Actors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,980 0.46 2.14 $ 42.91 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,050 0.49 2.27 $ 25.37 (4)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,560 0.59 2.75 $ 23.91 (4)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 740 1.45 6.81 $ 15.67 (4)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 680 0.54 2.52 $ 26.44 (4)
Pittsburgh, PA 480 0.46 2.14 $ 24.33 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 380 0.13 0.60 $ 53.40 (4)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 280 0.24 1.12 $ 22.61 (4)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 260 0.25 1.18 $ 10.86 (4)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 210 0.10 0.47 $ 30.06 (4)


Map of location quotient of actors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Actors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 740 1.45 6.81 $ 15.67 (4)
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.61 2.84 (8) (8)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,560 0.59 2.75 $ 23.91 (4)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 680 0.54 2.52 $ 26.44 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,050 0.49 2.27 $ 25.37 (4)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,980 0.46 2.14 $ 42.91 (4)
Pittsburgh, PA 480 0.46 2.14 $ 24.33 (4)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 260 0.25 1.18 $ 10.86 (4)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 280 0.24 1.12 $ 22.61 (4)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 80 0.23 1.06 $ 19.11 (4)


Map of annual mean wages of actors by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Actors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 380 0.13 0.60 $ 53.40 (4)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.05 0.23 $ 46.92 (4)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,980 0.46 2.14 $ 42.91 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 39.28 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 34.34 (4)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 210 0.10 0.47 $ 30.06 (4)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 680 0.54 2.52 $ 26.44 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,050 0.49 2.27 $ 25.37 (4)
Oklahoma City, OK 40 0.06 0.29 $ 24.74 (4)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 24.50 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Actors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 2.78 $ 24.94 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Actors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 2.78 $ 24.94 (4)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Actors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 2.78 $ 24.94 (4)


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022