What does a Location Manager do?

Location managers oversee all locations that are involved in entertainment production. As critical players in film, television, and music video productions, they read scripts and analyze storyboards before consulting with the production's director and photography director. They research possible locations before visiting set target locations to investigate how well they match a director's creative vision. They take photos of each site and report back to the director to discuss which areas are suitable. They manage all logistical production issues, including parking, obtaining permission to access the site, and drafting contracts.

Location managers make other necessary preparations before beginning the production, including booking hotels, arranging for on-site trailers, and ensuring everything on the production complies with health and safety regulation. They manage the site throughout the production to resolve any problems or issues during the shoot. When the show wraps, location managers ensure everyone and everything leaves the site safely and efficiently and that the site is left unaffected. Location managers need a bachelor's degree in media studies, film studies, or photography.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
23%
2 - 4
46%
5 - 7
6%
8+
25%

Location Manager Seniority Levels

Manager
16% made the transition
Regional Manager
11% made the transition
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Location Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$49,623 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $50K
$76K
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