Theater Manager Salary

Pay for Theater Managers in the United States is very modest at just $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Theater Managers are male. Although a little less than one-half lack health benefits of any kind, roughly one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and close to two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,721 - $60,817
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,825
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$8.01 - $14.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,721 - $60,817  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
Profit Sharing
$104.50  
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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$19,318 - $52,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.01 - $14.67  
   
Overtime
$2.52 - $18.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$104.50  
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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$19,318 - $52,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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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Popular Skills for Theater Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Fortunate workers who know Budget Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 97 percent above average. Those listing Inventory Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cash Handling and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Theater Managers make a median salary of $35K. Theater Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $38K.

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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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 97%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 10%

Cash Handling
up arrow 13%

Inventory Management
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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