Actors, Producer, and Director Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of actors, producers, and directors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare actors, producer, and director salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Actors, Producers, and Directors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,250
25th Percentile Wage
$29,290
50th Percentile Wage
$47,600
75th Percentile Wage
$80,070
90th Percentile Wage
$130,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for actors, producers, and directors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) actors, producers, and directors is $130,690. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid actors, producers, and directors is $21,250.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of actors, producers, and directors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,600
1.32% 11.64%
2016
$46,970
5.58% -
2015
$44,350
0.63% -
2014
$44,070
1.88% -
2013
$43,240
2.73% -
2012
$42,060
- -

Compare Actors, Producer, and Director Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of actors, producers, and directors in 14 industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for actors, producer, and director occupations is the agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers, and other public figures industry with an annual salary $89,150. The lowest paying industry is the amusement parks and arcades industry (annual salary $25,930). For detailed actors, producer, and director salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$89,150
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$70,180
Spectator Sports
$58,740
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$51,000
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$50,040
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$48,160
Performing Arts Companies
$42,820
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$41,230
Gambling Industries
$40,150
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$38,280
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$30,750
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$29,620
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$29,620
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$25,930

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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