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Theater Manager Salary

Pay for Theater Managers in the United States is very modest at just $38K per year. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. More than half of Theater Managers (67 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,443 - $61,533
(Median)
$23K
$38K
$62K
MEDIAN: $37,998
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$8.10 - $14.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,443 - $61,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,400  
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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$19,907 - $47,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.10 - $14.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,400  
   
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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$19,907 - $47,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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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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Theater Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Budget Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 96 percent above average. Those with knowledge of Customer Service tend to be skilled in Operations Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

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


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. For Theater Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $40K on average.

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 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 96%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 45%
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