Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

27-2011 Actors

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions 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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
59,000 6.7 % $22.48 (6) 4.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.63 $7.75 $11.28 $30.76 $56.48
(6)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 29,780 $22.44 (6)
Performing arts companies 10,020 $20.89 (6)
Employment services 2,210 $13.41 (6)
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,540 $29.80 (6)
Other amusement and recreation industries 1,050 (7) (6)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Radio and television broadcasting 370 $37.09 (6)
Cable and other subscription programming 100 $35.19 (6)
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,540 $29.80 (6)
Agents and managers for public figures 140 $24.00 (6)
Motion picture and video industries 29,780 $22.44 (6)

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 23,050 $22.23 (6) 0.159%
Utah 1,270 (7) (6) 0.120%
Washington 940 $20.93 (6) 0.036%
Florida 2,590 $19.55 (6) 0.035%
Nevada 320 $26.74 (6) 0.029%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii (7) $39.33 (6) (7)
Arizona 80 $36.92 (6) 0.003%
Minnesota 520 $29.27 (6) 0.020%
District of Columbia (7) $27.07 (6) (7)
Nevada 320 $26.74 (6) 0.029%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 19,850 $22.01 (6) 0.498%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 1,260 (7) (6) 0.181%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 130 $11.43 (6) 0.122%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 880 $21.32 (6) 0.068%
Orlando, FL MSA 580 $15.79 (6) 0.063%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Orange County, CA PMSA (7) $36.29 (6) (7)
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA 70 $27.00 (6) 0.027%
San Diego, CA MSA 140 $26.81 (6) 0.011%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 270 $26.72 (6) 0.032%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 420 $26.27 (6) 0.025%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

(6) There is wide variation in the number of hours worked by those employed as actors, dancers, musicians, and singers. Many jobs are for a duration of 1 day or 1 week and it is extremely rare for a performer to have guaranteed employment for a period that exceeds 3 to 6 months.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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