Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
70,540 16.9 % $35.97 (4) 7.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.92 $11.84 $20.26 $44.86 (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 34,620 9.66 $44.61 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 15,400 1.77 $30.93 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 8,990 7.71 $22.78 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,150 8.42 $40.10 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,340 0.77 $18.66 (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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 34,620 9.66 $44.61 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,150 8.42 $40.10 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 8,990 7.71 $22.78 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 15,400 1.77 $30.93 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,050 1.05 $17.20 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 34,620 9.66 $44.61 (4)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $40.68 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,150 8.42 $40.10 (4)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 170 0.08 $31.25 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 15,400 1.77 $30.93 (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 32,300 2.26 4.17 $49.62 (4)
New York 7,680 0.90 1.66 $33.32 (4)
Illinois 4,810 0.85 1.58 $27.60 (4)
New Jersey 3,460 0.91 1.68 $26.19 (4)
Louisiana 1,900 1.02 1.88 $22.32 (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)
California 32,300 2.26 4.17 $49.62 (4)
Hawaii 680 1.15 2.13 (8) (4)
Louisiana 1,900 1.02 1.88 $22.32 (4)
New Jersey 3,460 0.91 1.68 $26.19 (4)
New York 7,680 0.90 1.66 $33.32 (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 32,300 2.26 4.17 $49.62 (4)
Nevada 310 0.28 0.51 $33.78 (4)
New York 7,680 0.90 1.66 $33.32 (4)
Ohio 400 0.08 0.15 $28.98 (4)
Oregon 260 0.16 0.30 $27.64 (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 6,820 1.32 2.44 $31.10 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,720 1.30 2.39 $27.68 (4)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,770 3.43 6.33 (8) (4)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 650 0.36 0.66 $13.64 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.35 0.64 $25.90 (4)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 400 0.32 0.59 $28.23 (4)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 360 0.21 0.38 $19.16 (4)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 0.20 0.38 $14.51 (4)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 310 0.38 0.70 $34.06 (4)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 310 0.14 0.25 $17.22 (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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 1,770 3.43 6.33 (8) (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,820 1.32 2.44 $31.10 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,720 1.30 2.39 $27.68 (4)
Lancaster, PA 210 0.96 1.78 $14.83 (4)
Tucson, AZ 300 0.87 1.61 $15.90 (4)
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 60 0.55 1.01 $11.44 (4)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 270 0.38 0.70 $21.83 (4)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 310 0.38 0.70 $34.06 (4)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 650 0.36 0.66 $13.64 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.35 0.64 $25.90 (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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 310 0.38 0.70 $34.06 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,820 1.32 2.44 $31.10 (4)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.53 (4)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 400 0.32 0.59 $28.23 (4)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.87 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,720 1.30 2.39 $27.68 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.35 0.64 $25.90 (4)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $24.26 (4)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 300 0.22 0.40 $23.53 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $23.23 (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 230 3.33 6.15 $20.43 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.38 2.54 $17.93 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 1.12 $13.69 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 0.71 $28.68 (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 230 3.33 6.15 $20.43 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.38 2.54 $17.93 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 1.12 $13.69 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 0.71 $28.68 (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 0.39 0.71 $28.68 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 230 3.33 6.15 $20.43 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.38 2.54 $17.93 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.61 1.12 $13.69 (4)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.47 (4)


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013