Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Average Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States make around $43K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Live Performance Stage Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than one-half. Men make up a slight majority of Live Performance Stage Managers (51 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,318 - $77,869
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$43K
$78K
MEDIAN: $42,787
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$10.47 - $44.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$20,318 - $77,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
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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$21,478 - $84,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$10.47 - $44.60  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $93.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
   
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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$21,478 - $84,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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: $40,789

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

With a pay rate for Live Performance Stage Managers that is 141 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Live Performance Stage Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+48 percent), Chicago (+47 percent), Los Angeles (+35 percent), and Orlando (+2 percent). Live Performance Stage Managers in Denver report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 51 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in 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.

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Key Stats for Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

▲7%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲67%


National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 35%