The job of a clown is to entertain the audience at the circus. They cheer the audience by performing funny acts, either by making fun of themselves or others. The average annual salary of a clown comes to around $38,000. This can vary depending upon the experience and the skill of the clown. Educational qualification is not a factor which affects the salary. All they need is the skill and ability to entertain the crowd and to make them laugh. Certain highly skilled clowns earn above $60,000 annually.