How much do beginner film actors make?

Beginner film actors don't make much, and the pay rate ranges widely depending on the type of film in which the actor is cast. Some very small, independent films may pay actors nothing up front and provide a contract for pay on the chance that the film gets picked up for distribution and makes a profit.

The Screen Actors Guild does provide a minimum pay scale for actors, but this also varies based upon the film's budget. Producers making a film for less than $250,000 can use SAG contracts that do not require any up front pay at all.

If you are starting out as a film actor, you should be focused on getting the experience. It can be a while before money starts coming in.