Sunday, April 13, 2008

Average Salarys

Yahoo linked to a short article talking about the average salary of actors, directors, and writers.

I couple thought I had about the article:

-While is doesn't distinguish, I have the feeling that it is aimed at film / television as opposed to theatre.

-The numbers are, I presume, very distorted by a couple of factors. Some, a few, make very significant incomes. Others, more than a few, make nothing, or very little.

-While they refer to a costume designers job as being unpredictable, an actor's job can be too. Are the hours that they count only working hours?

-The median writer's salary seems low compared to the salary ranges that were surfacing during the writer's strike.

-Who do they consider the crew (the ones doing it for the glory)? Most of the crew are union, and likely, compared to union wages in Chicago, that they are making alot more than 12 an hour.

At any rate it was an interesting article, I just think that you should always think about what you read, because there are alot more details missing than appear.


"George Clooney may earn $20 million per movie, but he's a rarity. Overall, the median wage for actors in the U.S. is less than $12 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As for the rest of the crew, they're clearly doing it for the glamour, not the money.

The median wage for a movie or television writer is just $5,000 a year.

A costume designer or makeup artist can earn more than $2,000 a week. But since work comes on a project basis, year-round employment is not guaranteed.

Production assistants typically earn just $8 an hour.

TV show directors can earn upward of $35,000 for a single one-hour episode -- if they hit it big."

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