Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary
|Salary||$20,318 - $77,869|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $12,365|
|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).)
|$21,478 - $84,005|
|Hourly Rate||$10.47 - $44.60|
|Overtime||$15.46 - $93.80|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $12,365|
|Total Pay (||$21,478 - $84,005|
Job Description for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events
Stage managers of live performances are essential members of the backstage crew of any type of performance. Whether it’s a stadium-sized show for a major musical star or a theater production in a small town, a stage manager must ensure that things go smoothly without mistakes, embarrassing delays, or other troubles that could otherwise be avoided.Read More...
These stage managers are in charge of the full organization of live performances of all sizes and keeping both performers and stage technicians on their toes, ensuring they are doing their jobs and in the right places at the right times. They also schedule and conduct meetings which get all parties involved and working cohesively, as well as manage rehearsals where backstage workers also rehearse their roles in the production.
Stage managers for live performances must have strong organizational and management skills, a strong ability to communicate and motivate people of different roles, and the ability to work in a high-pressure environment with increasing stress levels until the final performance is over. They must also be thoroughly familiar with the upcoming performance, the role of each person involved, the jobs they must do, and how each piece fits together to create a greater whole. They also take notes as each step progresses in order to make adjustments as necessary.
These managers can expect to work at off-site rehearsal spaces and the venue at which an event will occur, making for a wide variety of possible locations, both indoors and outdoors. They should generally expect long and unusual hours, which may vary more as a performance draws nearer.
Many stage managers have bachelor’s degrees in stage production or performance arts, and some even have technical degrees. It is not uncommon, however, for stage managers to work their way up from small theaters and venues, as some begin in high school and build up to greater events and increased responsibility.
Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Tasks
- Coordinate production plans and meetings, and direct activities of stage crew during performances.
- May cue lights, sound or scenery changes.
- Provide accounting for stage expenses and maintain equipment inventory.
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events
Pay by Experience for a Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events has a positive trend. An entry-level Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 59 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 34 salaries. A Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 23 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Live Performance Stage Managers that is 141 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Live Performance Stage Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+48 percent), Chicago (+47 percent), Los Angeles (+35 percent), and Orlando (+2 percent). Live Performance Stage Managers in Denver report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 51 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.
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