Stagehand Salary

The average Stagehand in the United States earns approximately $15.20 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.08 per hour and $28.07. The majority of Stagehands claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and close to a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,489 - $104,231
(Median)
$23K
$49K
$100K
MEDIAN: $49,434
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$10.08 - $28.07
(Median)
$10
$15
$28
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$23,489 - $104,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
Total Pay (?
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$21,218 - $66,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $28.07  
   
Overtime
$17.57 - $51.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$21,218 - $66,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Job Description for Stagehand

Stagehands are laborers who work behind the scenes in playhouses, theaters, amphitheaters, and other settings where plays, musicals, and operas are performed. They are generally responsible for helping to build and place sets and scenery, as well as occasionally manufacturing props, and they are also tasked with changing out scenery during a performance and between particular acts. Stagehands are also found working in large music venues where they help to set up sound systems, instruments, and any stage props, and in the film and television industry they typically work on closed sets and sound stages in studio lots.

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Stagehand Tasks

  • Sweep, mop, clean, and organize stage, backstage and audience areas.
  • Transport equipment, supplies, and boxes into and out of the theater.
  • Follow designs to build, set up, store, and update sets and equipment.
  • Design, set up, and install lighting and audio systems, operating them in tests and during events.

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Pay by Experience Level for Stagehand

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Stagehands with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. Stagehands bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Stagehands who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $62K.

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Experience Affects Stagehand Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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