Actors

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Total Workforce

31.2k

Average Age

37.9

Estimated Job Growth

11.6%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$50,997

Average Male Salary

$62,205

Average Female Salary

$39,986

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Actors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries is the industry that employs the most Actors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Actors, by average wage, is Motion pictures & video industries. Actors are paid most in Santa Monica City PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,997

AVERAGE SALARY

± $14,426

In 2017, Actors earned an average of $50,997, $1,068 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Tax preparers make somewhat more than Actors while Fishing & hunting workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Actors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.705

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Actors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.705, which is higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Actors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Actors.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Actors.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Actors, by number of employees, are Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries, Motion pictures & video industries, and Amusement & Recreation.

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Industries by Share

31.2k

2017 Workforce

± 4,335

-8.61%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 21%

The number of people employed as Actors has been declining at a rate of -8.61%, from 34,122 people in 2016 to 31,183 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Actors employed by various industries. Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries employs the largest share of Actors at  52.2%, followed by Motion pictures & video industries with 23.7% and Amusement & Recreation with 6.89%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Actors in the US. The average age of male Actors in the workforce is 38.4 and of female Actors is 37.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Actors is White.

Gender Composition

15.5k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,052

15.7k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 3,079

50.4% of Actors are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Actors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Actors

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

79.9% of Actors are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.7% of Actors, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Actors.

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Age by Gender

38.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 3.07

37.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.81

The median age of Actors is 37.9, and Male employees are generally 0.94 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Actors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Actors is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Actors hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Actors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Actors need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Actors need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Speaking, and Reading Comprehension.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Actors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Actors are expected to see a growth of 11.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

11.6%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Actors. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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