Production Manager, Theater Salary

Theater Production Managers in the United States take home approximately $49K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Theater Production Managers is high. Male Theater Production Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,380 - $75,003
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,112
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90%

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$12.95 - $33.56
(Median)
$13
$17
$34
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,380 - $75,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$4,250  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,973 - $75,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $33.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,250  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,973 - $75,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Production Manager, Theater

Being a theater production manager is a very demanding job as it's filled with deadlines, big personalities, and budget constraints. The main duty is to oversee the technical needs of each show at the theater, which can include organizing the lighting, liaising between theater groups, and hiring and supervising technical staff to run the show during the performances.

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Production Manager, Theater Tasks

  • Hire staff, and find and coordinate materials and services such as freight, telecommunications, and technology.
  • Coordinate the operation of wardrobe, lighting, sound, projection, and a variety of other production departments.

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Theater Production Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Scheduling, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 15 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Manager, Theater

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Theater Production Managers. During the first five years of their careers, Theater Production Managers see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Theater Production Managers make a median salary of $53K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,524

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Theater Production Managers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Theater Production Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+4 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Theater Production Manager's salary, with Minneapolis Theater Production Managers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Washington and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Production Manager, Theater Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%


National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Production Manager, Theater Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 24%

Scheduling
up arrow 15%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Budgeting
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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