Ever since it was reported that The Simpsons cast earns $400K per episode, this has become a frequently asked question at conventions and via message boards. But asking a professional voice actor directly how much they earn is getting just a little too personal. I have, however, read and been told various estimates, but it always differs based on the individual. And with the way the industry works, it would be a very difficult task to calculate an average annual salary for a voice actor…well, unless you work for the IRS.CBSalary.com is cited as a source for the article, but I would really like to know what sort of statistical data is used that they offer they following as estimated annual earnings for each of these voice-related fields:
– Voice Over Talent and Voice Over Announcer: $42,707.
–Voice Over Actor: $50,506.
–Voice Coach: $58,109.
It’s also interesting to note that $59,462 is listed as the “peak salary” for both “Voice Over Talent” and “Voice Over Announcer,” and yet the peak for “Voice Over Actor” is estimated at $71,036. And $31-33k annually is considered on the “low end” of the spectrum, which I’d be content with if I were earning just 10% of that per year as a voice talent.(https://voiceactors.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/how-much-do-voice-actors-earn/)
The market size where it will be aired largely influences the cost of the voice-over. This can be applied to more than just television and radio commercials. We’ll break it down for you:
-Local refers to a small population such as a single city centre under one million listeners/viewers, internal training videos for a small corporation, or short telephone messages for small businesses would all be considered under the local realm.
-Regional markets have a target audience with the potential to reach over one million people and cover a particular geographical area that spans across several cities. Generally, they do not include any major metropolitan city centres.
National refers to a listening or viewing audience greater than one million people. In North America these metropolitan areas include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. National or major markets also refer to Internet/News Media applications, documentaries, and trailers, station IDs and in-house advertising across chain stores.Many voice talent develop a rate sheet to help simplify the quoting process. A rate sheet can be a handy reference guide that will help you keep your pricing consistent and reliable. (https://www.voices.com/help/beginners-guide-to-voice-acting/making-money-doing-voice-overs)