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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 $38K per year. Earnings generally vary between $18K and $65K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Live Performance Stage Managers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, more than two-fifths do receive medical benefits and just under one in three have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Live Performance Stage Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$14,346 - $63,392
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$14K
$38K
$63K
MEDIAN: $37,767
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$9.87 - $28.42
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$9
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$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$14,346 - $63,392  
   
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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$18,421 - $65,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $28.42  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $44.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$18,421 - $65,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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 many Live Performance Stage Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $32K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $39K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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