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PositionDepartmentSalary (Please only use $ and numbers in this field)(Annual, Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Per Project)Starting Salary at HireLevel of Employment (FT, PT, Seasonal, Overhire, Benefits)Size of DepartmentYears in PositionYears at OrganizationYears of Experience in Field Prior to HireLevel of EducationLocationNumber of FT EmployeesOperating BudgetType of OrganizationNonprofit/ For Profit
Union/ Non-Union
Number of Seats in Theater (if applicable)Stipend vs Hours Spent on ProjectRaceGender IdentityAdditional Notes
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Business ManagerAdmin$37,000.00Annual31000FT w/benefits4339BAChicago4$900,000community theatreNon profitnon-Union400, 120salariedwhitefemale
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Development DirectorAdmin$51,960.00Annual$48,000FT0135MAAustin, TX11$1,100,000Producing & presenting theatre / community center / music venue/ Bar/ FoodNPnon-union10070+ hours/weekwhitemaleStaff of 15 PT employees.
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FellowAdmin$300.00Weekly$300/wkFT, no benefits4 in dept. 9 fellows>1>12BADC100+$30,000,000Theaternon profitunion680/514/200stipendwhitefemale
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FellowAdmin$13 Per Hour, $15 on (1/1/18)Hourly (30 Hours per week)$13 Per HourPT No Benefits4>1>1>1BANYC~30$6,000,000TheaterNon ProfitNon-UnionMixedMaleI have a PT Union Job I work nights/weekends, and pays me $26 per hour. I am still on my parent's HC plan, and I get vision and dental from the union job.
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Festival ManagerAdmin$50,000.00Annual$50,000.00FT no benefits0.50.510PhD, MACT1$490,000Chamber Music Presenternon-profitNon-Union330whitefemale
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General Manager (Bookkeeping, AR/AP, Ofice Managment, HR, payroll, sales, reception, Admin)Admin$49,920.00Annual$37,960.00FT w/benefits (health ins, sick time, personal time) Only sallaried emp (everyone else is hourly) I'm the only one with vacation time16616BAGreater Boston, MA8$1.2 millionSet Construction, dance flooring, and production managment CompanyProfitnon-unionFT Salaried 40 hrs/wk, exempted from OT (but collect comp time)whitemaleWe have an FTE of 8, but depending on the season we might have upwards of 50 overhires on our payroll in a given week. We service mostly non-profit theatres and for profit dance companies. Some of our customers are for profit theatres and some are non-profit dance companies. We have a few corprate clients too.
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Marketing ManagerAdmin$40,000.00Hourly38000FT (no benefits)10.51.52MBAMid-Michigan3$1,600,000Historic presenting theatre & rental facilityNPUnion house, non-union staff1750FT hourly, 40-50 hours/week
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Marketing ManagerAdmin$47,500.00annual$40,000FT w benefits1.5993MFALA7$1.2 millionnonprofit PACNFPwhitemale
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Producing Artistic DirectorAdmin / Artistic$62,500.00Annual60000FT3310BAMaine5$680,000Producing & presenting theatre / community center / cinema / education centerNPStaff are non-union, AEA SPT 5 contract for actors240FT salaried (usually 80+hours/week)whitefemale
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Senior Director of LicensingAdministration$65,000.00annual$42,000FT w/ benefits2<11.50BANY15Managementfor profitWhite
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Associate Artistic DirectorAdministrative$30,000.00annual$30,000FT, No Benefits31125BAUpstate NY3$350,000theatrenonprofitNonunion94whitemale
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Business ManagerAdministrative$15/hour$15/hourPT no benefits20.50.524MFAKCMO1$500,000TheatreNonprofitUnion190WhiteFemale
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Marketing ManagerAdministrative$48,000 (annual)$43,000 (annual)FT w/ benefits1225BSNYC5$1,600,000Producing Theaternonprofit70whitemale
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Operations DirectorAdministrative$90,000.00annual$90,000.00FT7228MAMA258 millionTheatrenon-profitunionwhitefemale
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Account ExecutiveAdvertising$44,000.00annual$40,000.00FT w/benefits202.52.52BSNYC115Ad AgencyFor profitNon-UnionNo OTwhiteFemail
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Advertising ManagerAdvertising$45,000.00annual$34,000FT, benefits3367BANYC50$12+ millionService Organizationnon-profitAsianMaleworking hours per week: 35, overtime eligible (for work over 40+ hours per pay period)
vacation: 15 days/year; sick/mental health/family/bereavement days: 10 (max 30); personal days: 4 days
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Scenic Artist Art$28-33/ $52,000hourly/yearlyPT w/benefits449BFA+Boston, MAFilmFor ProfitUnionWhiteFemaleAlso have a grad certificate in Scenic Painting
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Scenic Artist/charge- FreelanceArt $18-30hourly$12-$15PT103BFA+Boston, MATheatre/Retail/Residentialnon-unionWhiteFemaleAlso have a grad certificate in Scenic Painting
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Assistant Set DecoratorArt Department /Set Dec$44/hour (About $80,000.00 per year)Hourly$37.67Sesonal, Benefits5515MFANYC100+millionsFilm ProductionFor profitUnionNAWhiteFemaleStandard 12 hour days, overtime kicks in after 8, given car to use for pick-ups, $25/week for use of computer.
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Program AdministratorArtist Services$45,000 (annual)Annual8o ion86467776746777tr6hnhid$18/hour- 20 hours per weekFT w/ some benefitsn/a2.52.54BFANYC51 millionArtist Services Organization, primarily for DanceNonprofitNon-unionn/aWhiteFemaleWork in almost every "department" at the organization. Which includes being "Head of marketing" for a total of 10 hours/week. Other 30 hours/week spent on other programs. Really the job of about 2.5 people.
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Artistic AssistantArtistic$26,000annual$25,000FT5130BSRichmond, VA48$5 millionRegional TheatreNonprofitUnionCaucasianFemale
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Artistic AssociateArtistic$32,000.00annual32,000FT w/health, no dental7342BACA (Bay Area)~100$12,000,000LORT regional theatreNonprofit both600 plus 400 (2 theatres)N/Awhitecis female
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Artistic DirectorArtistic$44,000.00temporary grant$20,000FT no benefits1338BAWest Coast2$250,000TheaterNonprofitUnionVariesPOCFemaleFT salary is covered by a grant through 7/2019
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Artistic DirectorArtistic$75,000.00biweekly70,000FT w/benefits11725MFASEATTLE21.2MTheatreNonprofitUnionWhiteFemale
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Artistic DirectorArtistic$500/weekweekly$500/week (or volunteer)The work is annual, but the salary is only paid when there's money in the bank. Usually about 3 months/year. Contract is for 10 months. No benefits. 1513 (including 4 as volunteer+138BACA1$87,000TheaterNonprofitBoth49-99HoursFemale
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Artistic FellowArtistic$37,000.00annual36,000FT w/benefits4111BANYC~40TheaterNonprofitn/aFemale
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Assistant Stage ManagerArtistic$1,160.00weekly500/week (non eq)FT seasonal, union benefits~10364BFAWestern US~500~35-40milTheatreNonprofitunion~2100Female
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Associate DirectorArtistic2800 (weekly)2800 Weekly2800Overhire1262MFAInternationalvariesProducerProfieNon-Unionvariesweeklywhitemale
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Casting AssociateArtistic$38,000.00Annual$33,200FT32.52.52BANYC50Non-Profit TheatreNPUnion (LORT)FT Salaried, 40-50 hrs/weekwhitefemaleHired as assistant, promoted after 18 months
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Community Engagement Artistic$35,000 (annual)$32,500FT w/benefits43510MFANew England~759 millionProducing TheaterNonprofitunion actors300, 600white Femalehave lots of flexibility and agency in terms of projects, direction, and how I spend my time in and out of the office.
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ComposerArtistic$65,000.00annual$40,000FT, no benefits16NA4BANYC1FreelancerBothNon-UnionWhiteMaleWriters guild, no union
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DirectorArtistic$42,500 (annual)$35,000 (annual)FT w/ partial benefits2446BFANYC2$650,000Multi-disciplinary performing arts venueNonprofit98/56Female
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Director of New WorkArtistic$3,500.00annual$1,500FT108812MFABoston20$500knon-equity professional theatreNPstipendwhitefemale
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Dramaturge and Artistic AssociateArtistic$320 /week$20/hrPT - 16 hrs/wk - no benefits4 less than 1 less than 115MFACanada20+Theatrenonprofit300, 800, female
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Education DirectorArtistic$58,000 (annual)$50,000FT w/benefits22.52.54.5MFAWashington100-300$9,000,000Regional TheatreNonProfitUnion280, 850LatinxFemale
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Line ProducerArtistic$58,600 (annual)$24,000 (annual)FT w/benefits6481MANYC~40TheaterNonprofit199-299Female
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Literary ManagerArtistic$45,000.00annual$45,000FT w/ benefits63310BFACA45Non profit large regionalnonprofit200-500whitefemale
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Literary ManagerArtistic$57,000.00annual$57,000FT w/benefits32210MFANortheast50$5.5-6 millionTheaternonprofitUnion399/199Weekly salaryWhitefemale
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Producing Artistic DirectorArtistic$44,000.00Annual$30,000FT, no benefits51210MFAOH6$738,000regional theatrenon-profitAEA Special Appearance, USA project only agreements99salariedWhiteMale
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Producing AssociateArtistic$55,000.00Annual$55,000FT w benefits2224BATri-State3TheatreNon profitUnion99WhiteFemale
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Producing CoordinatorArtistic$30,000 (annual)$25,000FT w/benefits15-203.555MFAChicago150-200$18,500,000Theaternonprofit800, 300MaleWas hired for additional project while f/t employee: had stipend withheld (without notice); loncts of unpaid overtime and unpredictable schedule; Was told by management that salary was well within industry standards; title change from "Assistant to ..." to Producing Coordinator needed to facilitate moderate wage increase
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Program ManagerArtistic48,450 (annual)$28,000.00FT w/ benefits6-744.510BANYC~200$44,000,000Theaternonprofitbtwn 100 & 1800n/aFemale
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Scenic Design AssistantArtistic$400 Pre-productionProjectstudent8 grad-students0.31BAPhoenix<5University, site-specificStipend/30-40 hours totalFemale
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Special Artistic Projects ManagerArtistic$45,000 (annual)$32,000FT w/ benefits6-70.54.57BANYC~200$42,000,000Theaternonprofitbtwn 100 & 1800N/Astarted as an assistant, then associate, now manager - negotiations ongoing re: salary
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Artistic ProducerArtistic $41,000.00annual$18,000ft, no benefits1261BANYC3$800,000Theatrenon-profitnon-unionwhitefemale
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Artistic Operations CoordinatorArtistic / Production$40,000.00Annual$35,000.00FT with benefits8222MANJ45$13 millionOrchestranon-profitWhiteFemale
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Assistant Company ManagerArtistic Office$30,030.00$16.50/hour$30030.00 a yearFellow (FT with Benefits)20.521BFABoston45Regional TheaterNonprofitUnion (LORT)350Hourly (35 hour min)WhiteFemale
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ChoreographerArtistic Team$1,200-$2,000/ per projectPer ProjectFreelanceNA8NA15BFABay AreaTheaterBothBothVariesStipendWhiteFemale
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Lighting DesignerArtistic/ Creative$30,000.00$200 - $17,000FreelanceNA3NA10MFABothNon UnionVariesWhiteTrans
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Lighting DesignerArtistic/ Creative2500-5,000/ showFreelance115MFANYCBothunionvarieswhitemalefreelance. more projects pay 2-3k. a few/year par 5k. Gross income around 40k. have to pay expenses and taxes out of gross.
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Playwright on CommissionArtistic/ Creative1000-12000 per commission0FreelanceNA25NA15MFATheaterNonprofitBothVarieswhiteFemale
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Sound DesignerArtistic/ Creative$35,000.00$500-$4,000 per project$12,000FreelanceNA4NA8MFANYCNANANANANon-UnionNAWhiteMale
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Sound DesignerArtistic/ Creative
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Sound DesignerArtistic/ Creative$5000/ProjectFreelanceMFA
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Associate DirectorArtistic/Development/Marketing$47,500.00annual$44,000 (annual)FT w/ benefitsn/a1110MSMN3$700,000PresenterNonprofit5000+White; JewishMale
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Literary DirectorArtistic/Literary$48,000.00$40,000FT w/benefits32.5 years4.5 years7MFADC274 millionTheatreNonprofitUnion260WhiteFemale
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Artistic Associate/Production ManagerArtistic/Production$40,000.00annualPT, 17/hourFT1240BADC3$500,000Theatre/OperaNonprofitMaleOriginally hired as Assistant to Artistic Director/founder (who is only paid half time) I am the entire production department.
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Associate Artistic Director Artistic/Production$52,000.00Annual$23,400*FT w/benefits42+115BSMidwest111.5 millionTYA theatreNon-profitNon-Union350salariedwhitemale*started as part-time production manager at original hire
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Technical DirectorArts + Culutre$51,000 (annual)$30,000FT w/Benefits53312BANYC5 in dept, ~100 in buildingCommunity CenterNonprofitup to 125 (black box)WhiteFemaleoriginally hired at 30hr/wk, currently at 40hr/wk
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ConsultantArts and Culture$40,000.00annual$1,600/monthFT w/benefits162213BATri-State14ConsultancyFor ProfitNonunionWhiteFemaleRelies on significant theater expertise; background in stage management
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FOH ManagerAudience Services$47,000 Annual$34,000FT w/ benefits5246MFADC/NOVA100+$15,000,000Major Regionalnonprofitnon union800whitemaleGot my salary bumped up when the company thought they'd have to pay me overtime when Obama tried to change the policy. Even though it got struck down I kept the raise. Literally thanks Obama.
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Audience Services AssociateBox Office$35,000 (annual)$35,000FT, benefits3<1<17MABoston25-30ArtsNonprofitnon union7 Venues (ranges from 120-2500)WhiteFemale
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Box Office AssociateBox Office$11.70 hourly$11.70 hourlyPT no benefits5110HSBostonTheatreFor profitnon unionFemale
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Box Office ManagerBox Office$50,000.00Annual50,000FT w/Benefits41.51.56BABay Area10$3.5 millionNon Equity TheatrebothNon-Union250Staff are a combination of hourly and salaryCaucasianFemaleFull time staff are paid salary, other staff are paid hourly, performers are paid stipend.
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Box Office ManagerBox Office$35,000 (annual)$35,000FT, benefits2 FT, 4 PT115MABoston30 ishTheatreFor profitnon union505WhiteFemale
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Call Center Ticket SalesBox Office$15.00 per hour$15 per hourPT no benefits80.50.50BANYCTheatreNonprofitMale
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Digital Product ManagerCommunications$57,500.001300 (3 theatres)HispanicFemaleSalary bump after more junior positions were given raises
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Junion PublicistCommunications$45,000.00Hourky$45,000FT w benefits10132BALA100+millionstheatrenon profit nonMixedFemale
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Stitcher/wardrobe assistant Costumes/ wardrobe$17.75 hr $16 hr Seasonal (46wks) benefits12 plus interns0.510BFAMABallet CompanyNon profitFemaleAnnual salary approx. I get paid hourly, with overtime after 40 hours
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CopywriterCreative$50,000.00$30,000FT with benefits733.5>1BANew YorkAdvertising AgencyWhiteFemale
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K-12 Theatre Teacher/DirectorCreative$40/Hr (includes Planning)$35/HrPT8442BACave Junction, OR0$80,000Youth Performing ArtsNonProfit180 in a school cafeteriaPlanning hours included in hourlyFemale
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Lighting Designer (non-union, freelance)Creative25/hour22/hourfreelance53MFANYCnonunionWhiteFemale
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Education DirectorCreative Learning30,000 (annual)sameFT some benefits4<138MFAMN8$900,000TheatreNon-profit450FemaleHourly employee- $18.85/hr
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Director Creative Team85,000 (annual)$57,000FT, some benefits. 233.53BANYC20$8,000,000SymphonyNonprofit1400n/aMaleAbsorbed another person's job 6 months. Received pay and title bump.
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ManagerCuration/Producing/Marketing$63,000.00$55,000FT w / Benefits42212BFANYC150900KNonprofitnonunionWhiteMaleRegularly work at least 60 hours / week. Not technically a theater, but a multidisciplinary arts org
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House ManagerCustomer and Visitor Services$52,000.00Annual$49,000FT28337BABoston, MA500+$80,000,000MuseumNPFT Salaried, 40 - 50 hrs/weekWhiteMaletitled "house manager" but included box office management, space management, and coordinating with programming and external partners on all events. Closer to venue manager in some ways.
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Visiting Lecturer: Design Specialist for DanceDance$50,000.00annual$45,000.00FT w/ Benefits7255MFALas Vegas~15UniversityNonprofit Non-Union90N/AWhiteCis FemaleIn theory, when this position moves to tenure-track (this coming school year), pay will increase by at least 30% and duties will decrease by about 30%
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Lighting DesignerDesign$300-$5000 per productionFreelance110MFANew YorkIndependent Contractornonprofit & For profitUnionvariesStipendWhiteFemaleQueer
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AssistantDevelopment$32,000.00annual$32,000FT with benefits140.53.50BANew York60$25,000,000Performing Arts CenterNonprofitFemale
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Assistant DirectorDevelopment$65,000.00annual$53,000FT w/ benefits140.5211MFANYC60$25,000,000Performing Arts CenterNonprofit2257N/AWhiteFemalePromoted from Manager after 6 months, but did not recieve raise until 6 months following promotion
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Assistant ManagerDevelopment$43,000.00annual$43,000FT w/ benefits14129MFANYC60$23,000,000Performing Arts CenterNonprofit2257N/AWhiteFemalePromoted after 1 year in position
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AssociateDevelopment$42,900.00annual$32,000FT w/ benefits141.53.51BANYC60$25,000,000Performing Arts CenterNonprofitFemalePromoted into position.
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AssociateDevelopment$50,000.00annual$42,500 (annual)FT w/ benefits~102.52.51BFANYC~60TheaterNonprofitFemale
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ConsultantDevelopment$70,000 (annual)$55,000FT w/ benefits32.52.57MPhilNYC15ConsultancyFor ProfitN/AFemaleWorking primarily with theater non-profits
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Corporate Relations AssistantDevelopment$41,000(annual)$39,000FT w/benefits~40223BANYC~200OrchestraNonprofitFemale
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Development ApprenticeDevelopment$5,000.00stipend (9 months)5,000FT seasonal, no benefits6112BALouisville11011MRegional Theatrenonprofitnon-union600, 300, 200stipendwhitemaleseason-long intern
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Development AssistantDevelopment$13.75/hr$12/hrFT w/benefits4331BATri-State>100TheaterNonprofit2700Female
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Development AssistantDevelopment$17.25/hr$17.25/hrFT w/benefits2113BFAChicago8$1.8 millionIndependent Movie TheaterNonprofitFemaleWill not ever let me go OT
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Development AssistantDevelopment$19.50/hour$19/hourFT with benefits4<1<12BACalifornia20TheaterNonprofit550WhiteMaleIncluding time and half OT
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Development AssistantDevelopment29,000 (annual)29,000 (annual)FT w/benefits5112BANYC<50TheaterNonprofitFemale
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Development AssociateDevelopment$40,000 (annual)$38,000FT with benefits92.52.52MANYC~50$18,000,000TheaterNonprofit110, 296, 595N/AFemale
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Development AssociateDevelopment$44,000 (annual)$42,000 (annual)FT w/ Benefits21.51.53MPAPortland7$1,000,000TheatreNonprofitNonunion115WhiteFemale
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Development CoordinatorDevelopment$34,000 (annual)$34,000 (annual)FT w/benefits70.51.50 in Devo, 2 in literary/artisticBAPNW<100$6,000,000LORTNonprofitRange from 50-500 (4 theatres)FemaleRaise freeze (including COL raise) going on 5+ years
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Development CoordinatorDevelopment$34,500 (Annual)$32,500FT with Benefits11.56.50BFARural Colorado9$1,600,000TheatreNonprofit240/160Male
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Development DirectorDevelopment$100,000.00Annual (40 hrs/wk)sameFT w/ benefits8115MPADC~35$6,000,000TheatreNonprofitunionno more than 225WhiteFemale
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Development DirectorDevelopment$50,000 annual50,000FT, benefits12210BFAChicago8$1,000,000theatrenonprofitunion150n/awhiteFemaleoriginally hired with contract grant writer and event planners rounding out department; both positions were eliminated without my input
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Development ManagerDevelopment$39,500.00Annual$35,000FT w/benefits1222MAPittsburgh8$650,000Regional TheaterNonprofit130SalaryWhiteMale
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Development ManagerDevelopment$41,652.00annual$40,040FT w/benefits1221BANYC10$2,000,000TheaterNon-profit74WhiteMale
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