Production Manager, Theater Salary

The average Theater Production Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Theater Production Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Theater Production Managers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,380 - $75,003
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,112
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$12.95 - $33.56
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$13
$17
$34
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management. Many workers who know Event Planning also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Manager, Theater

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


Theater Production Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $45K. Theater Production Managers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,524

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

For those looking to make money, Theater Production Managers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Washington (19 percent less) and Chicago (12 percent less).

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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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