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Actors, Producer, and Director Salary Information

The salary statistics of actors, producers, and directors are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of actors, producers, and directors in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of actors, producers, and directors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The actors, producers, and directors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Actors, Producer, and Director Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,270
25th Percentile Wage
$37,840
50th Percentile Wage
$62,850
75th Percentile Wage
$109,310
90th Percentile Wage
$206,220

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for actors, producers, and directors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) actors, producers, and directors is $206,220. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,270. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 749% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of actors, producers, and directors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201662,8503.77%4.41%
201560,4801.52%-
201459,560-6.45%-
201363,4005.24%-
201260,080--

Table 2. Actors, Producer, and Director Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of actors, producers, and directors in 16 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for actors, producers, and directors occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $84,790. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $38,410).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$84,790
Manufacturing
$79,550
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,650
Transportation and Warehousing
$74,220
Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,860
Information
$67,310
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,820
Wholesale Trade
$65,710
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$59,520
Health Care and Social Assistance
$56,650
Retail Trade
$53,980
Educational Services
$49,840
Finance and Insurance
$48,090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,970
Accommodation and Food Services
$42,050
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,410


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