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Theater Manager Salary (United States)

Theater Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K per year. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. There are more male Theater Managers than female, making up 65 percent of individuals in this profession. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,508 - $61,402
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MEDIAN: $36,962
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$8.00 - $14.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,508 - $61,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,843  
Commission
$3,000 - $10,000  
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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$19,630 - $52,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $14.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $23.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,843  
   
Commission
$3,000 - $10,000  
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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$19,630 - $52,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Theater Manager

  • 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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Theater Managers who took the survey. Fortunate workers who know Budget Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 95 percent above average. Customer Service, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Theater Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. Theater Managers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $40K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a fair portion of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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 28%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$31,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 95%
Operations Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$31,000
Customer Service
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 42%