These Are The 10 Best States For Actors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Actors are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as actors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since actors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where actors have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for actors. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s actors:

  1. Louisiana
  2. California
  3. Utah
  4. Georgia
  5. Missouri
  6. Maryland
  7. Illinois
  8. Connecticut
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Tennessee

So there you have it — Louisiana is the best of the best when it comes to being a actors.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for actors and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a actor

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for actors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well actors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for actors in California is $0 and the average salary in Oregon is $0, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for actors in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for actors.

1. Louisiana

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,570
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 3.61

2. California

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 17,090
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 3.01

3. Utah

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 720
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.49

4. Georgia

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,030
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.35

5. Missouri

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,110
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.12

6. Maryland

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 940
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.98

7. Illinois

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,090
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.97

8. Connecticut

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 580
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.95

9. Massachusetts

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 920
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.74

10. Tennessee

Best States For Actors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 700
Average Annual Salary: $0
Average Entry Level Salary: $0
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.68

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a actor these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a actor in America:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Idaho
  3. Michigan

Detailed List Of The Best States For Actors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Louisiana $0 $0 2,570
2 California $0 $0 17,090
3 Utah $0 $0 720
4 Georgia $0 $0 2,030
5 Missouri $0 $0 1,110
6 Maryland $0 $0 940
7 Illinois $0 $0 2,090
8 Connecticut $0 $0 580
9 Massachusetts $0 $0 920
10 Tennessee $0 $0 700
11 Pennsylvania $0 $0 1,390
12 Nevada $0 $0 260
13 New Jersey $0 $0 790
14 Minnesota $0 $0 460
15 Florida $0 $0 1,190
16 Virginia $0 $0 500
17 Wisconsin $0 $0 370
18 Indiana $0 $0 360
19 Washington $0 $0 330
20 Ohio $0 $0 540
21 South Carolina $0 $0 180
22 Texas $0 $0 1,050
23 Colorado $0 $0 210
24 Iowa $0 $0 90
25 Michigan $0 $0 250
26 Idaho $0 $0 40
27 North Carolina $0 $0 130

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