Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

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)
59,590 6.7 % $23.73 (6) 4.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.09 $8.39 $13.60 $34.59 $56.67
(6)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 24,770 $24.74 (6)
Accounting and bookkeeping services 12,840 $27.51 (6)
Performing arts companies 9,340 $22.40 (6)
Independent artists, writers, and performers 4,750 $20.55 (6)
Employment services 1,570 $17.97 (6)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Accounting and bookkeeping services 12,840 $27.51 (6)
Agents and managers for public figures 130 $27.14 (6)
Motion picture and video industries 24,770 $24.74 (6)
Other amusement and recreation industries 1,240 $23.14 (6)
Promoters of performing arts and sports 860 $22.41 (6)

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 24,610 $20.67 (6) 0.167%
Louisiana 1,960 $9.39 (6) 0.104%
Nevada 610 $37.47 (6) 0.051%
Washington 1,040 $22.74 (6) 0.039%
District of Columbia 230 $23.53 (6) 0.038%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Utah 380 $55.74 (6) 0.035%
Nevada 610 $37.47 (6) 0.051%
Minnesota 530 $28.72 (6) 0.020%
District of Columbia 230 $23.53 (6) 0.038%
Washington 1,040 $22.74 (6) 0.039%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 20,850 $19.79 (6) 0.519%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 970 $23.43 (6) 0.074%
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 520 $39.83 (6) 0.061%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 $34.75 (6) 0.045%
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 210 $12.39 (6) 0.038%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Salt Lake City, UT (8) $57.72 (6) (8)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 520 $39.83 (6) 0.061%
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $37.70 (6) (8)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 190 $34.75 (6) 0.045%
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) $25.97 (6) (8)

About May 2005 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2005 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 24, 2006

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