Theater technician - Salary and Career
Scenography Technicians

Theater technician - 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 Theater technician earn

A Theater technician 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 Theater technician

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 Theater technician

Scenography Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Theater technician the most in the job market

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

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