Actors

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
32.8k
Average Age
38.4
Estimated Job Growth
3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$49,402
Average Male Salary
$58,541
Average Female Salary
$38,617

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Actors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Motion pictures & video 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 Broadcasting (except internet). Actors are paid most in Dutchess County (North & East) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,402
AVERAGE SALARY
± $12,550

In 2020, Actors earned an average of $49,402, $6,552 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Healthcare social workers make somewhat more than Actors while Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators 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

0.646
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Actors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.646, 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

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Industries by Share

32.8k
2020 Workforce
± 4,443
−4.33%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 19.8%

The number of people employed as Actors has been declining at a rate of −4.33%, from 34,236 people in 2019 to 32,753 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Actors employed by various industries. Motion pictures & video industries employs the largest share of Actors at  21.9%, followed by Independent artists, writers, and performers with 21.7% and Performing arts companies with 13.5%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Actors in the US. The average age of male Actors in the workforce is 39 and of female Actors is 37.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Actors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

17.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,269
15k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,009

54.1% of Actors are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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. White (Hispanic)

67.5% of Actors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.7% 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 Sex

39
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.71
37.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.92

The median age of Actors is 38.4, and Male employees are generally 1.4 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

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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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