How Much Does An Actor Make?

An actor usually works on a per-project basis which further adds to the challenge of making money year-round from acting, unless he is fortunate enough to land a role in a successful TV show that runs the entire year.

Actors who are already at the top tier in Hollywood can also earn extra income by doing commercials and giving photo exclusives, among others. Some highly successful actors have also ventured into directing and producing which also serve to increase their incomes.

It takes a lot of hard work combined with undying dedication to the craft and being at the right place at the right time to earn your Hollywood star. If you set your mind to it, this goal isn’t impossible.

Average Actor Hourly Wage


The average hourly wage for a actor is $39.84. Hourly wages were between $9.39 and $100 an hour.

Stats were based out of 48,620 employed actors in the United States.

Actor Average Salary Comparison

Producers and Directors
$93k / year
$45 / hour
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$83k / year
$0 / hour
Music Directors and Composers
$60k / year
$29 / hour
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Coaches and Scouts
$41k / year
$0 / hour
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
$35k / year
$0 / hour
$0k / year
$39 / hour
Musicians and Singers
$0k / year
$34 / hour
$0k / year
$18 / hour
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
$0k / year
$23 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Actors

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Actors

Actor Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate
#1 California $52.93
#2 District of Columbia $43.37
#3 Nevada $36.82
#4 Wisconsin $35.58
#5 New Jersey $26.67
#6 Maryland $26.61
#7 Oregon $25.32
#8 Texas $23.47
#9 Pennsylvania $22.91
#10 Virginia $20.61
#11 South Carolina $19.65
#12 Georgia $18.73
#13 Michigan $18.18
#14 Utah $17.50
#15 Florida $17.27
#16 Minnesota $15.21
#17 Ohio $14.53
#18 Kansas $12.10
#19 Indiana $10.97

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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