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Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

EMPLOYED

5,400

PART-TIME SHARE

63%

FEMALE SHARE

69%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,073

MEDIAN AGE

26

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

-500

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers entertain by portraying roles in productions, performing and composing dances, and performing a variety of other acts.

  • Reading scripts and undertaking research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • Learning lines and cues, rehearsing parts, and applying vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • Preparing for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • Acting parts and portraying roles as developed in rehearsals in film, television, radio and stage productions
  • Practising dance routines and interpreting the choreographic content of the production
  • Performing dances for audience entertainment, coordinating body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment
  • Composing and notating ballet compositions and other dance routines
  • Creating and performing individual performance routines
  • Rehearsing, auditioning and travelling between entertainment venues
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 37% 69%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 45 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $2,073 $1,593
    Median hourly earnings $53 $41

    Industries

    Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    31.5%

    Victoria

    22.2%

    Queensland

    13.1%

    South Australia

    7.6%

    Tasmania

    2.7%

    Northern Territory

    1.8%

    Australian Capital Territory

    3.0%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, November 2023, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers All Occupations
    Median age 26 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 69% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers
    15–19 5.2 6.6
    20–24 9.1 20.0
    25–34 22.7 34.7
    35–44 22.3 17.7
    45–54 20.4 11.4
    55–59 8.8 3.4
    60–64 6.5 3.1
    65 and Over 4.9 3.1

    Education

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 7.3
    Bachelor degree 23.2 29.3
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 14.9
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 11.3
    Year 12 15.9 23.5
    Year 11 4.0 3.4
    Year 10 and below 9.7 6.2
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