Theatrical Lighting Technician Salary
Job Description for Theatrical Lighting Technician
A live theater production can only be successful if all of the elements are right. The actors must recite their lines correctly, the costumes must be appropriate, and the stage has to be set up properly. The theatrical lighting technician uses their advanced knowledge of stage lighting to help create the right onstage atmosphere for the play. The theatrical lighting technician is responsible for both installing the lighting and operating it during a production, waiting for the right cues to execute the necessary lighting effect.Read More...
The theatrical lighting technician works closely with other members of the production crew in order to synchronize their efforts properly. As such, the technician is required to have an understanding of the script as deep as any of the actors, as well as the creative aptitude to know what sort of lighting looks right for a particular scene. It is also necessary for the technician to know how to operate a wide variety of lighting rigs and other electrical equipment, as well as the control panel which makes it all function. The technician must be comfortable working in high places and be able to do so safely.
Employers looking for theatrical lighting technicians typically do not have specific educational requirements in mind. However, there are stage production educational courses, and a prospective applicant who has that education will likely be favored. Stage experience is vastly preferred though. It is important for the theatrical lighting technician to know not just how to assemble and operate a lighting apparatus, but also have adequate safety training.
Theatrical Lighting Technician Tasks
- Maintain a variety of lighting instruments.
- Consult with event coordinators to determine the correct lighting designs for each event.
- Ensure all lighting services are executed in a safe, appropriate, and timely manner.
- Program and operate digital light boards and spotlights during productions.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Theatrical Lighting Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $35K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $56K.
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