Background Actor Statistics in the US

From where do we know all information about background actor demographics? We analyzed 780 background 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.

Background Actor Diversity

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

Background Actor Gender Ratio

Among background actors, 39.8% of them are women compared to 55.7% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 55.7%
  • Female, 39.8%
  • Unknown, 4.5%

Background Actor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among background actors is White, which makes up 62.1% of all background actors. Comparatively, there are 13.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 10.6% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 62.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.9%
  • Black or African American, 10.6%
  • Asian, 8.0%
  • Unknown, 5.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Background Actors

The chart below shows that 51.0% of background actors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Italian at 7.8% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.9%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 51.0%
  • Italian, 7.8%
  • Chinese, 5.9%
  • Russian, 5.9%
  • Korean, 5.9%
  • Other, 23.5%

Background 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 background actors.

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

Background Actor Gender Over Time

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

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Female
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80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
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2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Background 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 background actors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Background Actor

By looking over 780 background actors resumes, we figured out that the average background actor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 41%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Background Actor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of background actor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of background 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 Background 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%
Background Actor56%40%
Baseball Scout93%2%
Professional Baseball Player94%3%
Stuntman94%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Stuntman
Professional Baseball Player
Baseball Scout
Background Actor
Softball Player
Actress
Modern Dancer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Background 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 background actors.

Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Ice Skating Coach11.50%
Background Actor16.44%
Company Dancer20.85%
Singing Telegram Performer21.74%
Graphic Designer Internship27.16%
Program Director35.05%
Comedian37.57%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Background Actor?

male-income
Male Income
$61,067
female-income
Female Income
$58,306

Background Actor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

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

  • Male
  • Female
$63,586
$62,047
$60,508
$58,969
$57,430
$55,891
$54,352
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Background Actor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

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

Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Some College/ Associate Degree$53,710
High School Diploma or Less$54,829
Master's Degree$60,169
Bachelor's Degree$62,047

Background 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
$67,735
$64,891
$62,047
$59,203
$56,359
$53,515
$50,671
$47,827
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Background Actor Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire background 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 Background Actor Work In

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

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Industry Concentration

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

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Media

Retail

Hospitality

Fortune 500

Education

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