Salary Survey

Salary Survey

The TCG 2020 Salary Survey is now available...for everyone.

TCG has been conducting the TCG Salary Survey for 25 years. By surveying theatres about compensation levels for a wide range of positions, we have supported managing and artistic leaders in planning, budgeting, and making critical personnel decisions. However, this data has only been accessible to the theatre managers who have participated in the survey.

That changes with the publication of the TCG 2020 Salary Survey. The aggregate data of the Salary Survey reflects salaries for the fiscal year that participating theatres were in on October 1, 2019 and is now publicly available to everyone, starting with this report and going forward, regardless of institutional role and affiliation.

How did we get here? In 2020, TCG convened our first White Theatre Makers Acting On BIPOC Demands Affinity Space, where we began supporting each other in working through the #WeSeeYouWAT demands. As part of that work, TCG was asked by participants to make the aggregate results of the Salary Survey public in order to support greater transparency around compensation. When we asked how many theatres would support such a shift, there was immediate and robust support. The 2020 Salary Survey has now been published with the aggregate data of 164 theatres, representing a budget range between $90 thousand and $58 million.

This shift is part of our renewed mission to lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology and aligns with other changes we have enacted, such as making ARTSEARCH free and equitable for all. TCG can no longer support recruitment and hiring processes that exploit theatre-workers, especially BIPOC theatre-workers. As explained in Vu Le’s essential writing in Nonprofit AF, when organizations aren’t transparent about salaries, it perpetuates the gender wage-gap; discriminates against BIPOC theatre-makers, and drives away potential candidates.

We extend our gratitude to the 164 theatres and everyone who advocated for and agreed to these changes, and to the BIPOC organizers of the #WeSeeYouWAT demands, whose leadership we continue to follow.

We would also like to note that the salaries listed do not reflect any recommendation of appropriate salaries by TCG -- these are salaries that were reported to us from Member Theatres. For questions or further information about the TCG Salary Survey, please contact Adrian Budhu, deputy director and COO, at