Earnings for Theater Production Managers in the United States come in at around $49K per year on average. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Theater Production Managers (66 percent) survey respondents are male. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Theater Production Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,360 - $71,496
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$32K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,668
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90%

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$12.60 - $32.89
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$13
$17
$33
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,360 - $71,496  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,863  
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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$31,484 - $70,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $32.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$6.13 - $49.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,863  
   
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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$31,484 - $70,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Popular Skills for Production Manager, Theater


Survey results imply that Theater Production Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Job Scheduling, Budget Management, Event Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Scheduling, Budgeting, and People Management. Most people experienced in Event Planning also know Budget 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Theater Production Managers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,162

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

For Theater Production Managers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Theater Production Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent) and New York (+4 percent). Theater Production Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Theater Production Managers in Chicago bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (21 percent lower) and San Francisco (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Production Manager, Theater Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Production Manager, Theater Salaries

Job Scheduling
up arrow 10%


Event Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
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Project Management
0%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$48,000

People Management
up arrow 6%

Scheduling
up arrow 14%

Budgeting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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