Career Details

Motion Picture Grips and Set-up Workers

Career Overview

Grips are lighting and rigging technicians in the film making and video production industries. They constitute their own department on a film set and are directed by a key grip.


There is no specific educational requirement for this position. Carpentry skills are necessary, but most work can be learned on the job.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$21,000 /yr
$35,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Grips work on movie sets, so they can work anywhere filming is required. This job may be physically demanding and require very long days of work.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

PayScale, Inc.