The average Theatrical Lighting Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.03 per hour. Theatrical Lighting Technicians who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Theatrical Lighting Technicians is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,030 - $72,119
$17K
$43K
$72K
MEDIAN: $42,994
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$11.69 - $34.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$17,030 - $72,119  
   
Bonus
$513  
Total Pay (?
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$24,495 - $74,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$513  
   
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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$24,495 - $74,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $36K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $37K. Theatrical Lighting Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Theatrical Lighting Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $64K.

Key Stats for Theatrical Lighting Technician

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
040
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Theatrical Lighting Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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