Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

For Theatrical Lighting Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.32 per hour. Men make up the vast majority of Theatrical Lighting Technicians (84 percent) who took the survey. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Theatrical Lighting Technicians is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,030 - $72,119
$17K
$43K
$72K
MEDIAN: $42,994
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$11.67 - $37.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$17,030 - $72,119  
   
Bonus
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$24,429 - $77,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $60.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$983  
   
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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$24,429 - $77,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Theatrical Lighting Technician

Pay by Experience for a Theatrical Lighting Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Theatrical Lighting Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 30 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Theatrical Lighting Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced Theatrical Lighting Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 17 salaries. A Theatrical Lighting Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 6 salaries.

Key Stats for Theatrical Lighting Technician

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Theatrical Lighting Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲62%

Experienced
▲30%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 31%