Theater Manager Salary

Theater Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men make up the majority of Theater Managers (62 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little less than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by over one-half and dental coverage is claimed by nearly two in five. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,255 - $51,064
$24K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,513
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$8.67 - $17.02
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MEDIAN: $11.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,255 - $51,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
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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$20,391 - $49,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $17.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24  
Overtime
$2.52 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
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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$20,391 - $49,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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

  • 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.
  • Work with the Director of Production, Producer and Line Producers to prepare, supervise and manage annual production budgets while maintaining strict financial discipline.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Theater Manager


Theater Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Budget Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 89 percent above average. Those listing Inventory Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Cash Handling also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

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


Theater Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $34K. For Theater Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $44K on average.

Theater Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Theater Manager

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Theater Manager Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
▲89%

Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$32,000


Cash Handling
▼16%

People Management
▼26%

Inventory Management
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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