The average Live Performance Stage Manager in the United States earns approximately $40K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Live Performance Stage Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$17,754 - $72,571
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$40K
$73K
MEDIAN: $39,892
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$10.25 - $45.98
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$17,754 - $72,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$20,578 - $83,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $45.98  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $91.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$20,578 - $83,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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

  • 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $35K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $38K. On average, Live Performance Stage Managers make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $52K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,247

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

For Live Performance Stage Managers, New York provides a pay rate that is 99 percent greater than the national average. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+50 percent), Chicago (+49 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Orlando (+3 percent). Live Performance Stage Managers in Denver report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 32 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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