Stunt Performers

Stunt performers, also called stuntmen and stuntwomen, are actors who perform dangerous scenes in motion pictures and on television shows. They may fall off tall buildings, get knocked from horses and motorcycles, imitate fistfights, and drive in high-speed car chases. They must know how to set up stunts that are both safe to perform and believable to audiences. In these dangerous scenes, stunt performers are often asked to double, or take the place of, a star actor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Stuntmen, Stuntwomen
Duties Perform dangerous scenes in movies and on television shows
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Most opportunities exist where movies and television shows are made, such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Toronto
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Outgoing
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stunt Performer
  • Aspiring Stunt Performer