Stagehand Salary

Earnings for Stagehands in the United States come in at around $17.34 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Some workers in this field — a majority — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by about two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Stagehands. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,887 - $108,061
$20K
$47K
$110K
MEDIAN: $46,865
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$10.10 - $29.98
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$17
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$0$108K
Salary $19,887 - $108,061
Bonus $1,526
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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$21,283 - $76,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $10.10 - $29.98
Hourly Tips $4.00
Overtime $15.46 - $62.68
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $1,526
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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$21,283 - $76,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 149

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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

Pay by Experience for a Stagehand has a positive trend. An entry-level Stagehand with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 80 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Stagehand with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Stagehand which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 46 salaries. A Stagehand with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 22 salaries.

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Key Stats for Stagehand

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Stagehand Salaries

Late-Career
▲63%

Experienced
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
▼18%

Skills That Affect Stagehand Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲9%

lighting
▲3%

National Average
$38,000

rigging
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 59%
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