Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

27-2011 Actors

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture 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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
60,830 16.2 % $33.82 (4) 7.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.79 $11.37 $19.14 $36.96 (5)
(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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 25,310 7.18 $43.33 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 15,710 1.89 $29.28 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 8,800 7.76 $21.15 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,080 8.55 $45.39 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,300 0.80 $18.98 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,080 8.55 $45.39 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 8,800 7.76 $21.15 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 25,310 7.18 $43.33 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 15,710 1.89 $29.28 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,300 0.80 $18.98 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,080 8.55 $45.39 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 25,310 7.18 $43.33 (4)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $41.09 (4)
Employment Services 170 0.01 $40.15 (4)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 60 0.01 $34.56 (4)


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,450 0.88 1.86 $29.83 (4)
New Jersey 3,870 1.03 2.16 $24.51 (4)
Pennsylvania 1,880 0.34 0.72 $16.11 (4)
Texas 1,540 0.15 0.31 $25.43 (4)
Louisiana 1,170 0.63 1.34 $10.39 (4)




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 920 1.19 2.51 $12.23 (4)
Hawaii 670 1.17 2.46 $29.45 (4)
New Jersey 3,870 1.03 2.16 $24.51 (4)
New York 7,450 0.88 1.86 $29.83 (4)
Louisiana 1,170 0.63 1.34 $10.39 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California (8) (8) (8) $49.42 (4)
Nevada 460 0.41 0.87 $35.63 (4)
New York 7,450 0.88 1.86 $29.83 (4)
Hawaii 670 1.17 2.46 $29.45 (4)
Georgia 600 0.16 0.33 $26.68 (4)





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,510 1.09 2.29 $27.91 (4)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,960 3.12 6.58 $26.13 (4)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,110 2.18 4.60 $10.09 (4)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.53 1.11 (8) (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.42 0.89 (8) (4)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 530 0.29 0.61 $15.78 (4)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 440 0.55 1.16 $36.32 (4)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.32 0.67 $19.70 (4)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 300 0.18 0.37 $18.80 (4)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 270 0.23 0.48 (8) (4)




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,960 3.12 6.58 $26.13 (4)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,110 2.18 4.60 $10.09 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,510 1.09 2.29 $27.91 (4)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 440 0.55 1.16 $36.32 (4)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.53 1.11 (8) (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.42 0.89 (8) (4)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.32 0.67 $19.70 (4)
Tucson, AZ 110 0.31 0.65 $20.21 (4)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.29 0.62 (8) (4)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 530 0.29 0.61 $15.78 (4)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 150 0.12 0.25 $40.02 (4)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 440 0.55 1.16 $36.32 (4)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.82 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,510 1.09 2.29 $27.91 (4)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,960 3.12 6.58 $26.13 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.77 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $23.47 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 160 0.16 0.35 $21.07 (4)
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 50 0.14 0.29 $20.74 (4)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 160 0.14 0.29 $20.62 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 2.46 5.18 $15.57 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 1.52 $13.83 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 0.88 $23.90 (4)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 2.46 5.18 $15.57 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 1.52 $13.83 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 0.88 $23.90 (4)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 0.88 $23.90 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.89 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 2.46 5.18 $15.57 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 1.52 $13.83 (4)


About May 2011 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 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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