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Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Theatrical Lighting Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $14.45 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.76 per hour and $25.47. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Some workers in this field — approximately two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$24,960 - $51,000
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MEDIAN: $33,000
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$10.76 - $25.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,960 - $51,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
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$22,892 - $52,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $25.47  
   
Overtime
$16.91 - $47.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$22,892 - $52,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
48%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 41%