Stage machinist - Salary and Career
Scenography Technicians

Stage machinist - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They build sets, props and furniture, based on analysis of the scenographic project and research of objects and materials, perform related techniques, such as carpentry, locksmithing, sewing, painting, modeling and sculpture, assemble and adapt pieces of scenery and special effects, operate machinery such as electric and scenographic poles, curtains, cranes, trolleys on rails and special effects mechanisms, supervise activities related to planning, budgeting and contracting of services and guide work teams.

How much does an Stage machinist earn

A Stage machinist earns between $1.255 and $6.379 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.728 and a median salary of $2.366 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 216 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Stage machinist

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.728 32.732 682 14
1º Quartile 1.255 15.064 314 6
Median Salary 2.366 28.392 592 12
3º Quartile 4.865 58.377 1.216 25
Higher Salary 6.379 76.546 1.595 33

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • scenography technicians

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Main workplaces

Scenography Technicians they work in artistic and cultural activities, on their own. They work as a team, with occasional supervision by the contractor, indoors and at irregular hours. In some activities, they can work at great heights, confined, subject to intense noise, remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods, as well as being exposed to the risk of accidents and toxic materials.

What does it take to work in the field of Scenography Technicians

For the professional exercise of film and video and theater and shows machinists, a complete elementary education is required, followed by a qualification course of two hundred class hours and one year of experience for the full exercise of the activities. From the cenotécnico, a high-level vocational technical course is required. The full performance of the activities occurs after five years of experience.

Functions and activities of Stage machinist

Scenography Technicians must:

  • perform related techniques;
  • operating machinery;
  • operate machinery;
  • build scenery and props;
  • construir scenarios and props;
  • mount scenery;
  • build scenarios;
  • building scenery and props;
  • build scenarios and props;
  • build backdrops and props;
  • assembling sceneries;
  • set scenarios;
  • mount scenarios;
  • assembling backdrops;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • mount scenes;
  • supervise work activities;

  • Activities

    • arm diffuser screens;
    • budget services;
    • finish scenery and props;
    • work under pressure;
    • delegate tasks;
    • operate curtains;
    • orient stage technicians;
    • structure scenery;
    • make technical drawings;
    • hire third-party services;
    • operate scenographic rods;
    • perform texture work;
    • matching backdrops and props to light;
    • supervise studio staff;
    • perform sculpture work;
    • position scenario in scenic space;
    • balance scenarios;
    • operate cranes;
    • build set tricks;
    • create special effects mechanisms;
    • perform locksmith work;
    • move scenarios on wheels;
    • operate electric poles (hoists);
    • perform glazing work;
    • manifest hearing acuity;
    • retouch scenarios;
    • fix mobile backdrops to machinery;
    • operating trolleys on rails;
    • choose materials;
    • perform paint jobs;
    • perform rigging work;
    • fix maneuvers in scenarios;
    • decorate scenarios;
    • support cinema electricians;
    • adapt scenario to the size of the scenic space;
    • manifest symmetrical acuity;
    • demonstrate improvisational skills;
    • check warping and machinery;
    • analyze scenographic project;
    • mount special effects;
    • perform carpentry work;
    • fix mobile scenery on machinery;
    • place props and objects in the scene;
    • manage time;
    • supervise packaging and transport of scenarios;
    • work as a team;
    • tuning stage dresses;
    • making special effects mechanisms;
    • repair damage to scenarios and props;
    • manifest aesthetic sense;
    • manage time;
    • arm cranes;
    • structure props;
    • perform fiber works;
    • guide stage assembly team;
    • make decisions;
    • script input and output of scenarios;
    • organize aisle transit;
    • discriminate colors;
    • perform modeling work;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • buy materials;
    • plan work activities;
    • identify scenarios in relation to rods;
    • demonstrate hand skill;
    • perform sewing work;
    • search scenic objects;
    • discriminate volumes in space;
    • adapt project measures with scenic spaces;
    • assembling scenery pieces;
    • perform mechanical work;
    • adjust stage costumes;
    • arm trolleys on rails;
    • guide construction team;
    • work as a team;
    • operate special effects;
    • check physical conditions of stages and sets;
    • build furniture;
    • fit props and scenery according to standard material measurements;

    Sectors that hire Stage machinist the most in the job market

    • elementary school
    • music production
    • engineering services
    • temporary labor lease
    • supply and management of human resources for third parties
    • activities of associative organizations linked to culture and art
    • health management support activities
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • other teaching activities

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