Pay for Stagehands in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.80 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a majority are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by just under one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Stagehands. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$20,121 - $104,463
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$20K
$47K
$100K
MEDIAN: $46,864
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$10.03 - $30.53
(Median)
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$31
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$20,121 - $104,463  
   
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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$21,258 - $71,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $30.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.00  
Overtime
$14.86 - $62.98  
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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$21,258 - $71,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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.


For many Stagehands, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Stagehands make a median salary of $48K. Stagehands who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $62K.

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Experience Affects Stagehand Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Stagehand Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
up arrow 20%

lighting
up arrow 11%

National Average
$37,000

rigging
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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