Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Theatrical Lighting Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.79 per hour nationwide. Earnings sit near $10.86 per hour on the lower side but can approach $33.94 on the higher side. Job satisfaction for Theatrical Lighting Technicians is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,900 - $84,300
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$84K
MEDIAN: $42,500
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$10.86 - $33.94
(Median)
$11
$15
$34
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$28,900 - $84,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
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$23,174 - $74,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $33.94  
   
Overtime
$16.24 - $78.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$23,174 - $74,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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Job Description for Theatrical Lighting Technician

A live theater production can only be successful if all of the elements are right. The actors must recite their lines correctly, the costumes must be appropriate, and the stage has to be set up properly. The theatrical lighting technician uses their advanced knowledge of stage lighting to help create the right onstage atmosphere for the play. The theatrical lighting technician is responsible for both installing the lighting and operating it during a production, waiting for the right cues to execute the necessary lighting effect.

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Theatrical Lighting Technician Tasks

  • Ensure all lighting services are executed in a safe, appropriate, and timely manner.
  • Program and operate digital light boards and spotlights during productions.
  • Maintain a variety of lighting instruments.
  • Consult with event coordinators to determine the correct lighting designs for each event.

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Experience Affects Theatrical Lighting Technician Salaries

Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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