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Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Theatrical Lighting Technicians earn an average of $14.73 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.84 per hour and $25.98. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Most Theatrical Lighting Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,370 - $93,957
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$94K
MEDIAN: $38,709
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$10.84 - $25.98
(Median)
$11
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$27,370 - $93,957  
   
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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$22,957 - $56,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$16.75 - $62.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$22,957 - $56,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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
$33,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 41%
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