Film Director Salary

The average salary for a Film Director is $62,544 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$35,308 - $152,417
MEDIAN: $62,544

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$35,308 - $152,417  
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$29,694 - $167,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Film Director

Film directors possess ultimate creative control over their projects, be they feature-length films, documentaries, or other formats. Film directors have control over selecting scripts, input (if not total control) in the hiring of personnel, and the responsibility to exercise control over any creative and technical aspects of the film within the budget and contracts of those involved. Their role may be analogous to that of a construction project manager with regard to overseeing many disparate personnel and smaller projects to make up the whole.


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Experience Affects Film Director Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 36%