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Brad Allen
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What's the going pay rates for an experienced and novice IMAX operator?
I assume IMAX corp offers training?

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Aaron Mehocic
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Yes, thats a good question. About six years ago I had a former manager call me to see if I was interested in exploring the possibility of being an IMAX operator in upstate New York. He said he could get me at least $40,000 per year. I never went any further with this, but would like to know if he was full of BS or not.

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Adam Martin
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Just like every other job, it all depends on the position, your qualifications, and the part of the country the theater is in. Every theater pays different wages and benefits.

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Paul Mayer
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We have two IMAX screens here, one run by a small chain, the other by a major hotel/casino. The pay here ranges from around $7.00/hour to around $25.00/hour.

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Brian Michael Weidemann
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$25/hour just to operate IMAX? Heck, I'm movin' to Vegas!

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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$7.00 an hour. You can make more pumping gas.

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Gordon McLeod
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You mean we actually get paid for running this noisy machine?
the rate at cinesphere is 24.96 ca per hour no benefits

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Paul Mayer
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And stand at the back of the line Brian! [Big Grin]

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Kyle McEachern
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quote:
I assume IMAX corp offers training?
Quite a lot of it...so far I've had approx. 150hrs worth, and there's still quite a bit I don't know - a lot of that has been 'run the projector while still having someone who knows what the hell they're doing [Adam, in this case]' - but training nonetheless.

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Stewart Anderson
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Gordon: 24.96 what is that in US currency??? [Confused]

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Adam Martin
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C$24.96 would be about US$16.50. Well above average.

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Daryl C. W. O'Shea
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It's more like $18.75. A difference of a Big Turk AND a Malted Milk per hour! [Smile]

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Richard Hamilton
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Hey Brad, thinking of going to work at Showplace?

Rick

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Brad Allen
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I had someone that is interested ask me, and I really didn't have an answer for them. I know what the going 35mm rate is around here, but didn't know if IMAX commanded a premium or not.

Sounds like the answer is "maybe". [Big Grin]
And at Showplace, probably not. [Wink]

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Brian D. Whitish
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The rate at the Seattle Imax Dome theatre is $18.68 per hour with benefits.

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