Production Manager, Theater Salary (United States)

Theater Production Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—approximately half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $30,441 to $75,410 per year, typical earnings come to $45,396 annually. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Making up 72 percent of the field, male Theater Production Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Production Manager, Theater Salary (?
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$30,400 - $74,657
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MEDIAN: $45,493
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Production Manager, Theater Salary (?
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$13.76 - $32.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,400 - $74,657  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Total Pay (?
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$30,441 - $75,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $32.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
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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$30,441 - $75,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Production Manager, Theater

  • 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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Survey results suggest that Theater Production Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Project Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 32 percent, and 23 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Manager, Theater

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay for Theater Production Managers increases steadily with experience. At career start, salaries are typically $39K, which grows only modestly to $42K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $53K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the field, Theater Production Managers continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $61K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Theater Production Managers report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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$45,000
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With a pay rate for Theater Production Managers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Theater Production Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+15 percent). Washington is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Production Manager, Theater Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$45,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Production Manager, Theater Salaries

Project Management
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Budget Management
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Scheduling
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People Management
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Event Planning
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%