Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
39,880 6.9 % $28.79 (4) 4.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.98 $10.18 $16.20 $29.33 $74.44
(4)

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
Performing Arts Companies 10,370 $21.12 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,720 $47.70 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 9,030 $21.21 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,910 $39.24 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 540 (8) (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) $48.22 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,720 $47.70 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,910 $39.24 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 9,030 $21.21 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 10,370 $21.12 (4)


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 Employment per thousand workers
New Mexico 2,000 (8) (4) 2.505
District of Columbia 560 $21.41 (4) 0.885
New York 7,280 $27.94 (4) 0.857
Massachusetts 1,370 (8) (4) 0.432
Florida 3,150 $15.08 (4) 0.429

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 230 $40.99 (4) 0.394
New York 7,280 $27.94 (4) 0.857
Nevada 400 $27.92 (4) 0.336
North Carolina 360 $23.89 (4) 0.092
Illinois 1,150 $22.23 (4) 0.201


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 Employment per thousand workers
Santa Fe, NM 1,110 $10.34 (4) 17.412
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,810 (8) (4) 1.826
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,250 $18.60 (4) 0.741
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 80 $13.12 (4) 0.735
Honolulu, HI 200 $45.33 (4) 0.457

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $64.95 (4) (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) $47.02 (4) (8)
Honolulu, HI 200 $45.33 (4) 0.457
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 280 $40.73 (4) 0.218
Albuquerque, NM (8) $38.71 (4) (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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