Media Production Manager Salary
An average Media Production Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Media Production Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Media Production Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$32,685 - $84,228|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $10,081|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$29,995 - $86,147|
|Hourly Rate||$9.46 - $52.57|
|Overtime||$13.68 - $81.95|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $10,081|
|Total Pay (||$29,995 - $86,147|
Job Description for Media Production Manager
Production managers are responsible for producing various forms of media. Their duties include capturing, directing, and editing media, as well as operating and maintaining computers and other equipment. They also prepare set design and locations, set up and position equipment for production, research and purchase equipment, and oversee production facilities. In all tasks, they must ensure the working environment is safe. While this position is mainly mental, there are physical aspects such as long periods of standing and carrying equipment. They work with cameras, lights, props, and computers and computer software.Read More...
Production managers may work both indoors and outdoors depending on their current project. Common employers include companies that produce some form of media such as movies, television shows, and commercials. Most employers require production managers to be flexible in their schedules. They usually work full time with some evening shifts, and they sometimes are required to work weekends and overtime as well.
Most employers prefer that production managers have at least a bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, or another media-related field. Relevant experience is also required or preferred. Additionally, media production managers must have the ability to move and arrange equipment, knowledge of digital media software, and the ability to use ladders and carry up to 50 pounds. They also need to be able to multitask, have creativity, and have the hearing and eyesight to use and operate equipment.
Media Production Manager Tasks
- Coordinate and supervise media production activities, schedule, and budgets.
- Manage advertising writing and videos, including obtaining approval and ensuring fit to brand image.
- Oversee studio, technical, and promotions aspects of media.
Popular Skills for Media Production Manager
Survey results show that Media Production Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Audio Visual Equipment Use, Audiovisual Systems, Adobe After Effects, and Apple OS X are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Video Editing. Those educated in Project Management tend to be well versed in Graphic Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Media Production Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Media Production Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. Media Production Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $63K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Media Production Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. Media Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+37 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Denver (+29 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Media Production Managers in Portland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 39 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (19 percent less) and Houston (15 percent less).
Related Job Salaries
Key Stats for Media Production Manager
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.