The average salary for an actor is $43,000 per year, as of 2015. The most successful actors make millions of dollars a year, but these performers make up a very tiny percentage of the workforce.
Actors who work in New York or Hollywood tend to have higher salaries, as the rate of film production is much higher in those cities. Actors registered with the Screen Actors Guild are paid according to "scale," which functions as minimum wage for actors. Scale rates change depending on the amount of funding on a given production. For example, actors working on a smaller film might be paid a scale rate of a few hundred dollars, whereas actors working on a major film might be paid a scale rate of several thousand dollars.