As a child you sit on the couch and dream about being a star on one of your favorite sitcoms. Whether it’s a comedy, action, or drama character that you are watching, the thought of being that person makes the experience exciting. A lot of viewers want the fame of these actors but in reality they want the cash. So let’s take a look at what an average TV actor makes.
Statistics recently taken result in 66,500 jobs for actors. On average a TV actor makes about $15/hr. Depending on length of employment and role on the TV show they also can be entitled to a number of benefits. It does not sound like much but this again is only for the average actor. Once an actor becomes seasoned the rate gets increased and the hopes of hitting it big or doing motion pictures becomes a soon reality. Some average TV actors also have other jobs and act part time.
Not everyone is Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld became the first TV actor to generate over a million dollars an episode. As you can see the average actor does not come close to that. In an environment where actors work under constant stress, short assignments, and the grind of finding work one might think is it actually worth it.
Even though the monetary value of the job is a necessity the love of the work is also a major factor. From early schooling, though drama lessons and theater, long hard working hours is what even the average actor has to endure. The passion of the job and thrive to succeed is the reason behind the career.
Job outlook for actors is only 4%. Lower than the average for professional careers. With job uncertainty and most average actors working under an hourly structure most workers get involved in many other things. Whether it is theater, guest appearances, stand-ins, movie appearances, commercials, fashion modeling. They do everything to generate extra revenue as they pursue their career and goal to catch the big break that they are looking for.
In conclusion, not everyone that we see on TV is a millionaire. The average actor is actually struggling to get by and participating in second and third jobs to pay for their bills. The ones that do make it big are only a minority. But some take that chance to try and make their dreams come true.