Theater Manager Salary

Theater Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Men account for the majority of Theater Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — a little less than half lack any form of coverage — but over one-half have medical insurance, and close to two-fifths have dental, too. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Theater Managers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,239 - $61,277
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$23K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,672
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$8.00 - $14.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,239 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
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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$19,506 - $47,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $14.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
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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$19,506 - $47,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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 report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Budget Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 96 percent above average. Experience with Customer Service is often linked with knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Theater Manager

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. For Theater Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $38K.

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 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Theater Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 96%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 46%
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