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The data and information provided on this page for the degree program in Theatre Arts come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Listed below are the Standard Occupational Codes (S.O.C.) for the paid positions for which a Bachelor of Fine Arts for Theatre Arts (B.F.A.) degree might be appropriate qualifications. On this page is also provided employment estimates and mean wage estimates for actors, producers, and directors. In addition, there are links to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for all of the information that follows:

 

27-2010 Actors, Producers, Directors

 

 

 

27-2011 - Actors

 

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic roles by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audiences. May dance and sing.

 

Sample of reported job titles: Actor, Actress, Comedian, Comic, Community Theater Actor, Narrator, Voice-Over Artist, Stand Up Comedian, Theatre Ensemble Member, Understudy

 

    Significant Points


    *Actors endure long periods of unemployment, intense competition for roles, and frequent rejections in auditions.

     

    *Formal training through a university or acting conservatory is typical; however, many actors, producers, and directors find work on the basis of their experience and talent alone.

     

*Because earnings may be erratic, many actors, producers, and directors supplement their incomes by holding jobs in other fields.

 

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Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
54,740
13.5 %
$28.44
4.5 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$8.58
$10.78
$17.44
$30.19
$64.04
  (4)

 

Projections Data About this section

Projections data from the National Employment Matrix

Occupational Title

SOC Code

Employment, 2008

Projected
Employment, 2018

Change,
2008-18

Detailed Statistics

Number

Percent

Actors, producers, and directors

27-2010

155,100

172,000

16,900

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Actors

27-2011

56,500

63,700

7,200

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Producers and directors

27-2012

98,600

108,300

9,700

10

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    NOTE: Data in this table are rounded. See the discussion of the employment projections table in the Handbook introductory chapter on Occupational Information Included in the Handbook.

 

27-2012 Producers and Directors

 

Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

 

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Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
83,520
2.8 %
$42.60
$88,610
2.2 %

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$15.45
$21.86
$32.90
$53.71
Annual Wage (2)
$32,140
$45,470
$68,440
$111,720

 

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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27-2030 Dancers and Choreographers

 

 

 

 

This broad occupation includes the following two detailed occupations:

 

27-2031 Dancers
27-2032 Choreographers

 

 

27-2031 Dancers

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording
Illustrative examples: Tap Dancer, Dance Artist, Ballerina

 

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording

 

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Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,200
6.5 %
$16.55
3.2 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$7.79
$8.83
$13.16
$21.48
$30.43
  (4)

 

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27-2032 Choreographers

Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.
Illustrative examples: Dance Director, Dance Master

 

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Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,390
6.3 %
$20.25
$42,110
2.3 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$8.93
$12.01
$18.11
$26.79
$34.22
Annual Wage (2)
$18,570
$24,980
$37,660
$55,720
$71,180

 

 

 

 

 

27-1027 Set and Exhibit Designers

 

Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

 

 

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Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,120
5.0 %
$24.81
$51,600
1.5 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$12.30
$15.51
$22.44
$32.11
$40.47
Annual Wage (2)
$25,580
$32,260
$46,680
$66,800
$84,180

 

 

27-2099 Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other

 

All entertainers and performers, sports and related workers not listed separately.

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National estimates for this occupation:

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

 

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
36,190 11.9 % $17.91 (4) 2.3 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $10.35 $14.62 $21.60 $31.31

 

 

39-3092 Costume Attendants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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