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Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary (United States)

Live Performance Stage Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $38K annually. Pay generally varies between $20K and $63K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Live Performance Stage Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Live Performance Stage Managers. Although a little more than half lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and one-third get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salary (?
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$16,726 - $62,363
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MEDIAN: $38,183
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
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$16,726 - $62,363  
   
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$0.00 - $1,200  
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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$19,806 - $62,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$5.32 - $44.05  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$0.00 - $1,200  
   
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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$19,806 - $62,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $39K on average. Live Performance Stage Managers see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $55K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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National Average
$38,000
New York
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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Live Performance Stage Managers, 31 percent above the national average. In New York, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Stage Manager - Live Performances or Events Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
45%
female alumni
 
Male
55%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 55%