Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary

Those pursuing careers as Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $37K annually. Earnings generally vary between $19K and $64K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Live Performance Stage Managers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — a little more than half — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,507 - $62,799
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$15K
$37K
$63K
MEDIAN: $37,276
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$9.88 - $28.28
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$9
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$14,507 - $62,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
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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$18,690 - $64,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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 - $1,027  
   
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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$18,690 - $64,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Live Performance Stage Managers make a median salary of $40K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Live Performance Stage Managers that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Live Performance Stage Managers will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 55%
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