Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $19K on the lower end to $66K per year on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Live Performance Stage Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Live Performance Stage Managers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than half — do not have any health coverage, slightly less than one-half do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,865 - $64,604

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$9.88 - $28.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$14,865 - $64,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Total Pay (?
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$19,273 - $66,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $28.28  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $44.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
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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$19,273 - $66,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events

  • Address technical and human emergencies on the day of the performance.
  • Record all blocking, lighting cues, prop usage, costume changes, and entrances of performers during rehearsals.
  • Provide accounting for stage expenses and maintain equipment inventory.
  • Coordinate production plans and meetings, and direct activities of stage crew during performances.
  • May cue lights, sound or scenery changes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Live Performance Stage Managers. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $39K on average. Live Performance Stage Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Live Performance Stage Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Live Performance Stage Managers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+16 percent). New York is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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