For Live Performance Stage Managers, annual average wages total $40K per year. In the world of Live Performance Stage Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $22K and $83K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Men working as Live Performance Stage Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,037 - $72,571
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$73K
MEDIAN: $40,298
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$10.82 - $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,037 - $72,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $10,213  
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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$21,571 - $82,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $44.00  
   
Overtime
$16.62 - $92.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $10,213  
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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$21,571 - $82,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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

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


For Live Performance Stage Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Live Performance Stage Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,071

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

Surpassing the national average by 139 percent, Live Performance Stage Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+47 percent), Chicago (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), and Orlando (+1 percent). Live Performance Stage Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Live Performance Stage Managers in Denver bring in salaries that are 33 percent lower than the national average.

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Key Stats for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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