Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $20K, and the higher rates verge on $72K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Live Performance Stage Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Some workers in this field — nearly one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,152 - $67,747
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$15K
$39K
$68K
MEDIAN: $38,753
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$9.99 - $35.94
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$36
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$15,152 - $67,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,042  
Profit Sharing
$170.00  
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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$19,612 - $72,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $35.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$16.00 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$170.00  
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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$19,612 - $72,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Live Performance Stage Managers. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $36K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $38K. Live Performance Stage Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Live Performance Stage Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,268

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

Home to some of the best pay for Live Performance Stage Managers, Las Vegas offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent) and Orlando (+12 percent). Live Performance Stage Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Live Performance Stage Managers in New York bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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