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Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Pay ranges from $18K on the low end to $65K per year on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than a third have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Live Performance Stage Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Live Performance Stage Managers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,346 - $63,392
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$14K
$37K
$63K
MEDIAN: $37,099
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$9.87 - $28.42
(Median)
$9
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$14,346 - $63,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
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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$18,421 - $65,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $28.42  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $44.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
   
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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$18,421 - $65,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $52K.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 57%
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