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Highest Paying Industries for Actors, Producers, and Directors

The top 100 highest paying industries for actors, producers, and directors (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $172,310, communications equipment manufacturing is the highest paying industry for actors, producers, and directors. It is followed by computer and electronic product manufacturing industry (average annual salary $140,830). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of actors, producers, and directors in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Actors, Producers, and Directors

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$172,310
60
2 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$140,830
70
3 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$98,120
90
4 Manufacturing
$92,470
140
5 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$90,270
7,140
6 Wholesale Trade
$86,560
130
7 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$84,260
14,950
8 Software Publishers
$83,860
500
9 Federal government, including USPS
$83,400
1,020
10 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$83,400
1,010
11 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$82,350
230
12 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$81,680
430
13 Telecommunications
$81,550
780
14 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$81,280
770
15 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$79,150
670
16 Specialized Design Services
$78,490
470
17 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$77,160
6,020
18 Other Information Services
$77,020
1,930
19 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$72,490
1,240
20 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$71,520
2,060
21 Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,520
2,060
22 Scientific Research and Development Services
$70,340
40
23 Retail Trade
$70,260
370
24 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,050
610
25 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$68,770
350
26 Nonstore Retailers
$68,770
350
27 Gambling Industries
$67,850
30
28 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$67,820
160
29 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$66,860
3,510
30 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$66,320
6,820
31 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$65,580
40
32 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$65,390
640
33 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$65,140
150
34 Social Advocacy Organizations
$64,910
n/a
35 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$64,750
740
36 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$64,230
66,810
37 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$63,990
67,600
38 Rental and Leasing Services
$63,150
110
39 Other Personal Services
$62,760
40
40 Personal and Laundry Services
$62,760
40
41 Information
$62,430
99,930
42 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,110
1,110
43 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$61,050
1,080
44 Television Broadcasting
$60,600
19,100
45 Newspaper Publishers
$59,620
310
46 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$59,260
70
47 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$59,100
4,320
48 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$58,940
480
49 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$58,490
28,370
50 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$58,250
260
51 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$57,600
40
52 Casino Hotels
$57,560
n/a
53 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$57,300
570
54 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$57,220
24,870
55 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$55,840
1,220
56 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$54,960
350
57 Sound Recording Industries
$54,050
790
58 Educational Services - Local government owned
$53,740
630
59 Spectator Sports
$53,670
580
60 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$52,220
420
61 State government, including schools and hospitals
$51,370
2,080
62 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$50,090
360
63 Educational Services - State government owned
$49,210
1,600
64 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,010
160
65 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$48,950
1,440
66 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$48,860
210
67 Transportation and Warehousing
$48,780
40
68 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$48,450
n/a
69 Junior colleges - State government owned
$48,430
90
70 Other Support Services
$48,270
90
71 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$48,260
2,770
72 Radio Broadcasting
$48,030
5,770
73 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$47,670
2,090
74 Outpatient Care Centers
$47,370
n/a
75 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$47,220
24,460
76 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$47,170
1,320
77 Religious Organizations
$47,140
170
78 Educational Services
$46,050
5,460
79 Photographic Services
$45,460
120
80 Finance and Insurance
$44,910
100
81 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,070
28,530
82 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$43,820
150
83 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$43,630
720
84 Civic and Social Organizations
$42,540
180
85 Educational Services - Privately owned
$42,040
3,230
86 Hospitals - Privately owned
$41,330
n/a
87 Performing Arts Companies
$41,000
14,330
88 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$39,710
13,190
89 Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,240
n/a
90 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$38,930
n/a
91 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$38,560
n/a
92 Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$38,360
60
93 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$38,200
1,560
94 Other Schools and Instruction
$38,180
1,560
95 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$38,090
n/a
96 Offices of Physicians
$36,930
130
97 Food Services and Drinking Places
$35,760
n/a
98 Restaurants and Other Eating Places
$35,400
n/a
99 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$35,000
2,700
100 Amusement Parks and Arcades
$33,470
1,950