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.

$32,982 - $84,306
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$33K
$54K
$84K
MEDIAN: $53,608
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$9.51 - $52.27
(Median)
$9
$17
$52
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$32,982 - $84,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,151  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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).
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$29,903 - $86,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$9.51 - $52.27  
   
Overtime
$13.68 - $81.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,151  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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).
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$29,903 - $86,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.

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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

National Average: $50,656

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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Experience Affects Media Production Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Media Production Manager Salaries

Audio Visual Equipment Use
up arrow 24%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 9%

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 8%

Apple OS X
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Project Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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