Stagehand Salary

The average Stagehand in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.34 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Stagehands claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a majority lack coverage. On the flip side, roughly two-fifths have medical insurance and slightly less than a third receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,457 - $105,939
$19K
$47K
$110K
MEDIAN: $46,865
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50%
90%

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$10.00 - $31.09
$10
$16
$31
MEDIAN: $16.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$19,457 - $105,939  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$21,101 - $75,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $31.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.00  
Overtime
$14.84 - $63.70  
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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$21,101 - $75,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Stagehands. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. For Stagehands, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

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Key Stats for Stagehand

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Stagehand Salaries

Late-Career
▲68%

Experienced
▲29%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Stagehand Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▲12%

lighting
▲6%

National Average
$37,000

rigging
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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