Stagehand Salary

Men make up the majority of Stagehands in the United States, bringing in about $17.03 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — a majority — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by approximately two in five and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,571 - $105,676
$20K
$46K
$110K
MEDIAN: $45,882
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$10.01 - $30.95
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$17
$31
MEDIAN: $17.03
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$19,571 - $105,676  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$21,100 - $74,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $30.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.00  
Overtime
$15.21 - $63.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$21,100 - $74,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137

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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

  • 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.
  • Sweep, mop, clean, and organize stage, backstage and audience areas.
  • Transport equipment, supplies, and boxes into and out of the theater.

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Pay by Experience Level for Stagehand

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


Stagehands who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. Stagehands bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $63K on average.

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Key Stats for Stagehand

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Stagehand Salaries

Late-Career
▲67%

Experienced
▲28%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Stagehand Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲12%

lighting
▲5%

National Average
$37,000

rigging
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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