Media Production Manager Salary
The average Media Production Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Media Production Managers making up 58 percent of survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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
- Oversee studio, technical, and promotions aspects of media.
- Manage advertising writing and videos, including obtaining approval and ensuring fit to brand image.
- Coordinate and supervise media production activities, schedule, and budgets.
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Popular Skills for Media Production Manager
Survey results suggest that Media Production Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Audio Visual Equipment Use, Adobe After Effects, and Audiovisual Systems are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Video Editing. Most people who know Project Management also know 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $44K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Media Production Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $73K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Media Production Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 60 percent above the national average. Media Production Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+45 percent), Seattle (+38 percent), Chicago (+33 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.