Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Theatrical Lighting Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $14.80 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.83 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $34.63. Work is enjoyable for Theatrical Lighting Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately two in five lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,900 - $84,300

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$10.83 - $34.63

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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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$22,988 - $77,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $34.63  
   
Overtime
$16.75 - $78.99  
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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$22,988 - $77,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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
0%

National Average
$35,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
47%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 39%
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