Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. Pay ranges from $19K on the low end to $65K per year on the high end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Live Performance Stage Managers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Work is enjoyable for Live Performance Stage Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,429 - $63,080
(Median)
$14K
$38K
$63K
MEDIAN: $37,526
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$9.88 - $28.28
(Median)
$9
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$14,429 - $63,080  
   
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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$18,568 - $64,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $28.28  
   
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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$18,568 - $64,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $32K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $39K. Live Performance Stage Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Live Performance Stage Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Live Performance Stage Managers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+5 percent) and New York (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago.

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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 3%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 56%
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