If you happen to have a job in Broadway, as of June 2007, you can earn about $1,509 a week. Actors in Off-Broadway theaters will earn from $516 to $976 a week and this depends on the seating capacity of the theater.
For those working in regional theaters, you could earn $544 to $840 per week. Should you go on tour, there is an additional allowance of $113 per day for living expenses which could go up to $119 depending on the cost of living of the city you are visiting.
Not every actor working in Hollywood earns above the minimum and if you are just starting out, the same thing is going to happen to you. In fact, many of SAG members only earn an annual salary of $5,000 per year so they have to find other ways to supplement their low incomes.
It takes a while before your acting career really gets off the ground when all you have done in the past is play as an extra or have a supporting role. If you think about it that is where everyone started because you have to prove your worth to the producers and directors who makes shows and movies.
Remember that every time they have a project, they expect it to do well with the public. This may not always mean an Academy award or a Grammy. With that, the sky is the limit when it comes to how much you can really make during your acting career.