Actors

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2019 Workforce
42.1k
Average Age
38.9
Estimated Job Growth
3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$45,921
Average Male Salary
$49,245
Average Female Salary
$41,614

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Actors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Independent artists, writers, and performers 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 Promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events, agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers, and other public figures. Actors are paid most in Santa Monica City PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in West Hollywood & Beverly Hills Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$45,921
AVERAGE SALARY
± $9,373

In 2019, Actors earned an average of $45,921, $9,603 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Child, family, and school social workers make somewhat more than Actors while Eligibility interviewers, government programs 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

0.666
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Actors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.666, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. 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 Independent artists, writers, and performers, Motion pictures & video industries, and Performing arts companies.

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Industries by Share

42.1k
2019 Workforce
± 5,038
37.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.4%

The number of people employed as Actors has been growing at a rate of 37.9%, from 30,552 people in 2018 to 42,122 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Actors employed by various industries. Independent artists, writers, and performers employs the largest share of Actors at  23.9%, followed by Motion pictures & video industries with 17.9% and Performing arts companies with 15.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Actors in the US. The average age of male Actors in the workforce is 37.9 and of female Actors is 40.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Actors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

23.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,785
18.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,325

56.4% of Actors are Male, 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

62.3% of Actors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.4% of Actors, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

37.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.18
40.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.92

The median age of Actors is 38.9, and Male employees are generally 2.26 years younger 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

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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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Actors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Actors are expected to see a growth of 3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Actors. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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