Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

For Theatrical Lighting Technicians, hourly average wages total $15.53 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and approximately half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Theatrical Lighting Technicians survey respondents are men (79 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$16,913 - $69,531
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$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,900
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$10.26 - $34.52
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$0$74K
Salary $16,913 - $69,531
Bonus $983
Total Pay (?
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$20,589 - $74,066
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 20
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $10.26 - $34.52
Overtime $9.86 - $45.62
Annual Data $0$74K
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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$20,589 - $74,066
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 41

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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.

Theatrical Lighting Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Theatrical Lighting Technician?

Theatrical Lighting Technician in Boston:
Pros: The people are very supportive and positive.
Cons: The actual work I do is not always exciting or engaging.

Key Stats for Theatrical Lighting Technician

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Theatrical Lighting Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲78%

Experienced
▲43%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Entry-Level
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 38%
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