Equity sez salaries up

Member earnings hit all-time high of $264.5 mil

HOLLYWOOD — Road weeks are down, but surprisingly salaries are up, according to Actors’ Equity’s annual report on its members’ earnings in 2002-03.

Member earnings hit an all-time high of $264.5 million, up 5.9% from the previous season.

Overall work weeks topped 288,000, up 4.2% from last season.

Despite the continued loss of work weeks on the road, Production Contract work weeks were up 7.8% to 65,864.

Production Contract touring work weeks continued a six-year decline (down to 21,300 from a 1997-98 season high of 42,446 weeks), due to erosion by non-Equity and non-union tours. Counterbalancing the decline is a 264% increase in special touring agreements, up to 7,126 work weeks over last season’s 1,955 special touring weeks.

Nationwide, the median annual salary for an actor was $6,148; average annual salary was $14,995. The percentage of actors working in a given week continues to hover at about 15%.

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