Category: 

How Much does the Average Actor Make?

The average actor makes about $29.05 US Dollars (USD) per hour — when he or she is working, that is. Most actors cannot live on the money they make from acting. If an actor is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG), they typically will make the rate listed. Principal performers, for example, might make $759 USD per day or $2,634 USD per week; background actor rates range from $130 USD to $163 USD per day.

Acting facts:

  • Many actors must have a steady job in addition to acting. Some jobs may include teaching in a high school or leading a community theater if the actor has the proper education.

  • There were about 56,500 active acting jobs in 2008.

  • In 1996, SAG reported that 85% of its 90,000 members had acting incomes of less than $5,000.

Follow wiseGEEK:
  twitter

More Info: CNN Money; Screen Actors Guild; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Discuss this Article

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email

Free Widgets for your Site/Blog

President Richard Nixon had an entire speech prepared in case the Apollo 11 astronauts became stranded on the Moon.  more...
 
December 8 ,  1965 :  Pope Paul VI promulgated Vatican II into ecumenical law.  more...