For Theatrical Lighting Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.32 per hour. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Theatrical Lighting Technicians are male. Most Theatrical Lighting Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$17,030 - $72,119
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$17K
$43K
$72K
MEDIAN: $42,994
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$11.56 - $35.74
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$12
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$36
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$17,030 - $72,119  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,201 - $73,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $35.74  
   
Overtime
$8.76 - $87.26  
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$24,201 - $73,459  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Theatrical Lighting Technician

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


Theatrical Lighting Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $35K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $56K.

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Experience Affects Theatrical Lighting Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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