Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary

Theatrical Lighting Technicians in the United States take home an average $15.53 per hour. Most Theatrical Lighting Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Theatrical Lighting Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,600 - $65,500
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$38K
$66K
MEDIAN: $38,347
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$10.30 - $36.70
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$0$75K
Salary $15,600 - $65,500
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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$20,167 - $75,341
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $10.30 - $36.70
Overtime $10.07 - $57.88
Annual Data $0$75K
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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$20,167 - $75,341
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 42

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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.

Theatrical Lighting Technician Job Listings

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
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Theatrical Lighting Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲79%

Experienced
▲44%

Mid-Career
▲9%

Entry-Level
▲1%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 35%
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