Theater Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Theater Managers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Men make up a slight majority of Theater Managers (59 percent) who responded to the survey. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and about two in five have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,265 - $51,204
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,974
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$8.50 - $17.35
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$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,265 - $51,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
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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$20,980 - $49,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.50 - $17.35  
   
Overtime
$15.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
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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$20,980 - $49,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Budget Management and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 89 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Inventory Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Cash Handling also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Cash Handling.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

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


Theater Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Theater Managers make a median salary of $36K. 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 $44K.

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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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 89%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Cash Handling
up arrow 16%

People Management
up arrow 26%

Inventory Management
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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