Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K per year. Pay ranges from $20K on the low end to $72K per year on the high end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Live Performance Stage Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but close to one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Most Live Performance Stage Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,152 - $67,747
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$15K
$39K
$68K
MEDIAN: $38,753
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$9.99 - $35.94
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$36
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$15,152 - $67,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,042  
Profit Sharing
$170.00  
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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$19,612 - $72,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $35.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$16.00 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$170.00  
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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$19,612 - $72,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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.


Live Performance Stage Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Live Performance Stage Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $36K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $38K. Live Performance Stage Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Live Performance Stage Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,268

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

For Live Performance Stage Managers, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent) and Orlando (+12 percent). Compared to the national average, New York Live Performance Stage Managers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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