Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
47,430 7.1 % $29.34 (4) 4.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.05 $10.96 $17.54 $28.41 $61.74
  (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 20,380 4.97 $31.38 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 8,980 6.89 $24.40 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,980 9.60 $39.09 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,550 0.08 $23.73 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 2,500 0.26 $33.34 (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 4,980 9.60 $39.09 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 8,980 6.89 $24.40 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 20,380 4.97 $31.38 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 140 0.79 (8) (8)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 960 0.58 $14.12 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $39.75 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,980 9.60 $39.09 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 2,500 0.26 $33.34 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 20,380 4.97 $31.38 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 780 0.52 $28.10 (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 14,230 0.84 2.55 $34.74 (4)
New York 6,820 0.73 2.22 (8) (8)
Georgia 3,380 0.77 2.35 $20.55 (4)
Illinois 3,180 0.53 1.62 $26.14 (4)
Pennsylvania 2,070 0.35 1.08 $19.65 (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 2,040 1.06 3.25 $19.85 (4)
California 14,230 0.84 2.55 $34.74 (4)
Georgia 3,380 0.77 2.35 $20.55 (4)
New York 6,820 0.73 2.22 (8) (8)
Illinois 3,180 0.53 1.62 $26.14 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 700 0.25 0.77 $36.60 (4)
California 14,230 0.84 2.55 $34.74 (4)
Wisconsin 210 0.07 0.23 $30.13 (4)
New Hampshire 80 0.12 0.38 $29.62 (4)
Tennessee 420 0.14 0.44 $28.80 (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-Anaheim, CA 11,730 1.92 5.85 $36.30 (4)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,750 0.61 1.85 $35.28 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,800 0.60 1.84 $27.12 (4)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,340 0.50 1.52 (8) (8)
Savannah, GA 960 5.47 16.69 $9.51 (4)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 940 0.33 1.01 $20.67 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 840 0.27 0.82 $22.74 (4)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 800 0.54 1.66 $25.79 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 690 0.29 0.87 $27.70 (4)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 610 0.45 1.36 $19.14 (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)
Savannah, GA 960 5.47 16.69 $9.51 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,730 1.92 5.85 $36.30 (4)
Medford, OR 160 1.88 5.74 (8) (8)
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 120 0.76 2.33 $17.80 (4)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 280 0.63 1.91 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,750 0.61 1.85 $35.28 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,800 0.60 1.84 $27.12 (4)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 800 0.54 1.66 $25.79 (4)
Lancaster, PA 130 0.51 1.56 $19.49 (4)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,340 0.50 1.52 (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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,730 1.92 5.85 $36.30 (4)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,750 0.61 1.85 $35.28 (4)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 510 0.34 1.05 $32.49 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 690 0.29 0.87 $27.70 (4)
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 0.79 $27.51 (4)
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $27.27 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,800 0.60 1.84 $27.12 (4)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 800 0.54 1.66 $25.79 (4)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 140 0.16 0.49 $25.34 (4)
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 40 0.17 0.53 $24.58 (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 210 2.74 8.37 $17.81 (4)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.78 2.37 (8) (8)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 1.77 $12.34 (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 210 2.74 8.37 $17.81 (4)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.78 2.37 (8) (8)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 1.77 $12.34 (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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 210 2.74 8.37 $17.81 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 1.77 $12.34 (4)


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019