Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $45K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Live Performance Stage Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,420 - $66,459
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MEDIAN: $45,319
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$10.39 - $44.60
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$0$82K
Salary $25,420 - $66,459
Bonus $0.00 - $16,000
Profit Sharing $3,000
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$23,170 - $82,609
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 71
Hourly Data $0$94
Hourly Rate $10.39 - $44.60
Overtime $15.21 - $94.76
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $0.00 - $16,000
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$23,170 - $82,609
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 63

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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.

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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

National Average: $42,806

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

For Live Performance Stage Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+41 percent) and Chicago (+40 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 53 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events?

Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events in Washington:
"Have fun!"
Only be a stage manager if you are willing to have fun. Once it stops being fun then get out of the business.

Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events in Raleigh:
"It was great being fresh out of high school and working."
Pros: Being able to work with people who share the same love for theater like me , and have knowledge and experience in the field. The people I work with have degrees in theatre production, they have traveled to different cities and states and worked with others who have a love for the field that their in. To be young and already working in my dream job is wonderful, do to not a lot of people being able to have that experience.
Cons: Being late hours, and losing sleep but truthfully at the end of the day looking back it was worth it.

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Key Stats for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

▲2%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Skills That Affect Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲60%


National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 44%
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