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Theater Manager Salary

Theater Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K per year. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, just over two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Men make up the majority of Theater Managers (62 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$23,470 - $61,445
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MEDIAN: $37,145
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$7.99 - $14.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,470 - $61,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,862  
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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$19,858 - $52,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.99 - $14.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,862  
   
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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$19,858 - $52,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Theater Manager

Theater managers are responsible for the general maintenance and profitability of their theaters, from finances and staffing to physical areas such as seating, lavatories, curtains, and outside entrances. They are also in charge of the theater's ushers, security guards, and custodial team members.

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Theater Manager Tasks

  • Mentor and oversee all departments to insure that the theater is in compliance with all terms of its agreements.
  • Manage relationships with artist unions, including AEA, USA, SDC and other appropriate associations.
  • Work with the Director of Production, Producer and Line Producers to prepare, supervise and manage annual production budgets while maintaining strict financial discipline.
  • Negotiate and create appropriate contracts to engage all production personnel.
  • Work with the Artistic, Production and Facilities departments in coordinating the yearly calendar of activities, maximizing the efficiency of operations.

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Survey takers who work as Theater Managers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Budget Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 95 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Service to be familiar with Operations Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

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


Theater Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. Theater Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $47K.

Theater Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Theater Manager?
Theater Manager in Reading:
"Great Job For People Starting A Management Career."
Pros: You get to manage small groups of people. It's great if your fresh out of college or looking to manage people. I really like it.
Cons: Like most customer service jobs, you deal with tons of angry people and you have to be the jack of all trades when running a theater.

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Experience Affects Theater Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 95%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 42%