Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Live Performance Stage Managers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Although the larger part lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one in three get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Live Performance Stage Managers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,254 - $61,438
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$14K
$37K
$61K
MEDIAN: $37,429
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$9.84 - $28.77
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$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$14,254 - $61,438  
   
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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$18,221 - $63,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $28.77  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$18,221 - $63,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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.


For Live Performance Stage Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $35K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $38K on average. For Live Performance Stage Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 57%