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View Poll Results: How much does the Sea World Viva! guy make?
Under $50,000 17 58.62%
$51k-$100,000 11 37.93%
$100,000 or more 1 3.45%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-10-2009, 10:48 PM
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If you have been to the Viva! show at Sea World more than once, you know that the guy who is the "star" of the show (and also does the pre-show water works comedy act) is always, ALWAYS the one playing that role - no matter what day, no matter what show time.
My friend and I got to wondering what he makes. My friend guessed $100,000 salary + benefits. I guessed that this guy was contract, and made may be $80,000. His argument was that the role was highly specialized because this guy also dives and does that quirky dolphin dive off the swing. He didn't think Sea World had anyone else who could sub in, so this guy deserves more dough. I argue that the guy does a couple 1/2 hr. shows a day, always the same...can't imagine those performers are making bank.
We have a beer riding on this.
does anyone have a guess about what this guy makes? Bonus points if it can be verified.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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have no clue what the guy makes --- but some years ago i bought dh a package for his birthday that included him suiting up and "swimming" with the sea lions ... the trainer told us that all sea world performers had to have a degree, and not necesarrily in marine biology --- alot of times they hired people with psychology degrees, as it took alot of reasoning skills, adaptation skills, etc. to deal with the animals...

so if the degree aspect of it has anything to do with what dollar amount they make that information may sway your reasoning one way or another...

** note ** this was a number of years ago that we went thru this program at sea world, so their hiring qualifications may have changed in more recent years...
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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my daughter works in SeaWorld HR and could find out, but she won't. Knowing what I know about SeaWorld, I would say under $50K.
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:59 PM
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I guess no one but my friend thinks Hollywood's gonna come knocking at the door of 'ol Mr. Water Works! Less than $50k, eh? I doubt you need a degree for that too, since they're more divers/acrobats than trainers.
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:42 PM
 
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This is so funny. I am the head show trainer for the VIVA show. "Mr.Waterworks" is not only a co-worker and friend, but was my room mate for three years! M22, I shared this forum with him and we both had a good laugh that it is even a discussion. Love the fact that you have a beer riding on it. Be sure to keep coming out to SeaWorld during the fall. Great stuff planned for Halloween and Christmas!
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:53 PM
 
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So.....how much you make?
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Make sure you all check out SeaWorldSanAntonioBlog.com Lot's of SeaWorld insider info, including a past blog on the performers of VIVA.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:59 PM
 
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Whatever Chuck does make, it's probably not enough! That guy works HARD!
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:20 AM
 
Location: S.A.
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Hey Chuck, good to see a fellow team member on here. I got a chuckle out of that post also!

For everyone else, Sea World employees do not make high dollar, but most of us who have choosen to work there, do it because we love our jobs there!!!!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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I'm sure they're making less than $50k a year, especially when you consider a stellar performer on Broadway is making roughly $1200/week in Equity takehome.

Years ago, I performed in the Rockville show at Fiesta Texas and earned not-so-much. For a season contract, it would have equaled out to about $50k a year (or a little less). Not much money for the work you're doing, but as someone already said, you do it because you love it (and because you're thrilled to be a working, earning, performer).



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