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Working as a Casting Assistant

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a casting assistant. For example, did you know that they make an average of $15.67 an hour? That's $32,588 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 5% and produce 7,200 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Casting Assistant Do

There are certain skills that many casting assistants have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed dexterity, mechanical skills and leadership skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a casting assistant, we found that a lot of resumes listed 20.1% of casting assistants included production meetings, while 8.8% of resumes included music videos, and 5.4% of resumes included feature film. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the casting assistant job title. But what industry to start with? Most casting assistants actually find jobs in the hospitality and media industries.

How To Become a Casting Assistant

If you're interested in becoming a casting assistant, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 71.5% of casting assistants have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 11.2% of casting assistants have master's degrees. Even though most casting assistants have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a casting assistant. When we researched the most common majors for a casting assistant, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on casting assistant resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a casting assistant. In fact, many casting assistant jobs require experience in a role such as internship. Meanwhile, many casting assistants also have previous career experience in roles such as production assistant or production internship.

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Average Salary$32,588
Job Growth Rate5%

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Average Salary for a Casting Assistant

Casting Assistants in America make an average salary of $32,588 per year or $16 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $51,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $20,000 per year.
Average Salary
$32,588

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Die Cast Assistant
Die Cast Assistant
Site Staffing Inc.
Site Staffing Inc.
08/13/2020
08/13/2020
$29,21808/13/2020
$29,218
Casting Assistant
Casting Assistant
Randstad
Randstad
02/15/2020
02/15/2020
$41,74002/15/2020
$41,740

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Casting Assistant Demographics

Gender

female

60.3 %

male

36.2 %

unknown

3.5 %

Ethnicity

White

71.4 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.8 %

Black or African American

7.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.1 %

French

13.0 %

Italian

7.2 %
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Casting Assistant Education

Majors

Theatre
9.2 %

Degrees

Bachelors

71.5 %

Masters

11.2 %

Associate

7.9 %

Top Colleges for Casting Assistants

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

In-State Tuition
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

5. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

6. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216

7. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

8. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

In-State Tuition
$14,184
Enrollment
30,845

9. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

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Top Skills For a Casting Assistant

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 20.1% of casting assistants listed production meetings on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and mechanical skills are important as well.

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Top Casting Assistant Employers

1. The Walt Disney Company
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$37,770
Casting Assistants Hired: 
22+
2. NBCUniversal
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$54,593
Casting Assistants Hired: 
12+
3. Century Aluminum
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$43,023
Casting Assistants Hired: 
6+
4. Home Box Office
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$72,117
Casting Assistants Hired: 
5+
5. Lionsgate
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$60,681
Casting Assistants Hired: 
4+
6. Paramount Pictures
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$64,648
Casting Assistants Hired: 
4+

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