Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
50,570 13.0 % $37.47 (4) 6.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.27 $11.80 $18.80 $48.79 (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 26,000 6.66 $40.86 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 9,330 7.79 $29.53 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 3,140 0.34 $61.68 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,980 5.63 $43.44 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,340 0.70 $29.18 (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)
Performing Arts Companies 9,330 7.79 $29.53 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 26,000 6.66 $40.86 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,980 5.63 $43.44 (4)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 180 0.79 $33.22 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,340 0.70 $29.18 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 3,140 0.34 $61.68 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,980 5.63 $43.44 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 26,000 6.66 $40.86 (4)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 280 0.06 $39.68 (4)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 180 0.79 $33.22 (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)
California 17,090 1.10 3.01 (8) (8)
Louisiana 2,570 1.32 3.61 $36.46 (4)
Illinois 2,090 0.36 0.97 (8) (8)
Georgia 2,030 0.49 1.35 $20.39 (4)
Pennsylvania 1,390 0.24 0.67 $23.30 (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)
Louisiana 2,570 1.32 3.61 $36.46 (4)
California 17,090 1.10 3.01 (8) (8)
Utah 720 0.55 1.49 $17.55 (4)
Georgia 2,030 0.49 1.35 $20.39 (4)
Missouri 1,110 0.41 1.12 $20.49 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York (8) (8) (8) $50.85 (4)
Tennessee 700 0.25 0.68 $37.88 (4)
Louisiana 2,570 1.32 3.61 $36.46 (4)
District of Columbia 250 0.37 1.01 $35.26 (4)
Nevada 260 0.21 0.58 $31.16 (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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,560 3.55 9.68 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,270 1.28 3.48 $57.53 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.57 1.54 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,350 2.42 6.60 $22.37 (4)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,120 2.87 7.81 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 1,000 2.66 7.25 $16.37 (4)
Salt Lake City, UT 650 0.99 2.69 $16.98 (4)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 640 0.49 1.32 $25.92 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 630 0.36 0.98 $20.68 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 460 0.19 0.52 $28.10 (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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,560 3.55 9.68 (8) (8)
Baton Rouge, LA 1,120 2.87 7.81 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 1,000 2.66 7.25 $16.37 (4)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,350 2.42 6.60 $22.37 (4)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,270 1.28 3.48 $57.53 (4)
Salt Lake City, UT 650 0.99 2.69 $16.98 (4)
Lancaster, PA 220 0.95 2.60 $20.96 (4)
Savannah, GA 100 0.61 1.66 $15.31 (4)
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 90 0.59 1.62 $15.05 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.57 1.54 (8) (8)




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,270 1.28 3.48 $57.53 (4)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 260 0.31 0.84 $32.09 (4)
Boise City, ID 30 0.11 0.31 $31.74 (4)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 250 0.28 0.76 $31.68 (4)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.53 (4)
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 90 0.17 0.45 $29.79 (4)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 0.20 $29.18 (4)
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 190 0.33 0.90 $28.18 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 460 0.19 0.52 $28.10 (4)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $26.29 (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 140 1.97 5.36 $17.05 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.96 2.61 (8) (8)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 1.65 (8) (8)

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 140 1.97 5.36 $17.05 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.96 2.61 (8) (8)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 1.65 (8) (8)

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 140 1.97 5.36 $17.05 (4)


About May 2015 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,200 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016