Actor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for actors is 36 years. The actor workforce reached a whopping 19,730 in 2020!

Among actors, we discovered that 32.1% of them are women, while 63.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among actors is White, which makes up 62.8% of all actors. Comparatively, there are 14.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.3% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of actors are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Actors are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, actors are more likely to find a job in the hospitality industry. Looking at actor statistics, we found was that New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maine are where actors find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about actor demographics? We analyzed 10,084 actors resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Actor Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as actors. Keep reading to find out what the results for actors were.

Actor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among actors is White, which makes up 62.8% of all actors. Comparatively, there are 14.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.3% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 62.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.5%
  • Black or African American, 9.3%
  • Asian, 8.7%
  • Unknown, 4.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Actors

The chart below shows that 44.2% of actors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 15.9% and Italian is the third-most popular at 6.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 44.2%
  • French, 15.9%
  • Italian, 6.5%
  • German, 5.9%
  • Chinese, 4.3%
  • Other, 23.2%

Most Common Degree for Actor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for actors. The most common degree for actors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 52% of actors earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 20% and rounding it off is associate degree with 12%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 52%
  • Certificate degree, 16%
  • High School Diploma degree, 13%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 8%

Actor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among actors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Actor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the actor position over time.

Male
Female
60%
57%
54%
50%
47%
44%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Actor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of actors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of actors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Actor

By looking over 10,084 actors resumes, we figured out that the average actor enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Actor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of actor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of actors is 40+ years old, which represents 35% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Actors with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, stuntman and professional baseball player have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Modern Dancer9%85%
Actress10%85%
Softball Player13%85%
Actor64%32%
Baseball Scout93%2%
Professional Baseball Player94%3%
Stuntman94%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Stuntman
Professional Baseball Player
Baseball Scout
Actor
Softball Player
Actress
Modern Dancer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Actors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to actors.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Personal Development Coach11.50%
Actor16.44%
Ballet Company Artistic Director20.85%
Professional Musician21.74%
Marketing Designer27.16%
Deputy Program Director35.05%
Medium37.57%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Actor?

male-income
Male Income
$62,140
female-income
Female Income
$59,318

Actor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$64,716
$63,143
$61,569
$59,996
$58,422
$56,849
$55,275
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Actor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Some College/ Associate Degree$54,619
High School Diploma or Less$55,763
Master's Degree$61,222
Bachelor's Degree$63,143

Actor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$68,956
$66,049
$63,143
$60,236
$57,329
$54,422
$51,515
$48,608
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Actor Heatmaps

Where Do Actors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where actors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Actors Located?

By looking through more than 10,084 resumes, we found that the most popular places for actors are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Actors

Actor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ actors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most actors is the hospitality industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire actors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Actor Work In

Employees with the actor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most actors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ actors. Those industries include hospitality, media and retail.

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Hospitality

Media

Fortune 500

Retail

Technology

Actor Jobs