Possible Careers with a Degree in Theater

  • Stagehands at major venues in NYC can make as much as $200,000 to $400,000 a year – as reported by the New York Times in 2013
  • Production Manager - $31,000 to $74,000
  • Stage Manager for Live Performances or Events $15,000 to $66,000
  • Theatre Operations Manager - $27,000 to $74,000
  • Stage Lighting Designer (depending on location & experience) $20,000 to $80,000
  • Actor - $20,000 to $196,000 and beyond
  • Voice-over Actor – Averages $45.00 per hour
  • Film actors - $37,000 - $800,000 and up
  • Stage actors - $20,000 - $54,000 and up
  • Actors in commercials make median income $156,000
  • Talent agent makes median of $44,000
  • Stage makeup artist $29,000 to $112,000
  • Stage technician $23,000 - $71,000
  • Costume designers $22,000 - $82,000 and up
  • Theater educators in High School and College – beginning salary at $38,000 and up to $60,000 and up depending on where you live

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