Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast Salary

Median pay for TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $56K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors (69 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,839 - $121,211
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$33K
$56K
$120K
MEDIAN: $56,333
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$12.03 - $48.94
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$49
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$32,839 - $121,211  
   
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$0.00 - $10,888  
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$30,320 - $120,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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$12.03 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $89.40  
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$0.00 - $10,888  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,320 - $120,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast

  • Direct actors and technical staff to create and produce footage.
  • Edit, quality control, and distribute videos.
  • Write scripts, gather, evaluate, and assemble footage.

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Popular Skills for Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast


TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Video Editing, directing, Graphic Design, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe After Effects as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and directing also typically command lower compensation. Aptitude in Adobe After Effects tends to also indicate an understanding of Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 95 percent above the national average. TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent).

Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast in New York:
"Internships a plus."
**This is MY two cents for people interested in the Entertainment world.** While I went to the School of Visual Arts I met many folks who would later run in and out of my career at various points. This version of networking has many benefits, your familiar with that person and from time to time you may need that person to help undertake a project. Add to that, internships in YOUR related field and you can only grow in leaps. So many times I hear stories of people perhaps misplacing their time interning in places other then their own field of interest and I always wonder why. The right internship not only will give you direct knowledge to how the business actually works but most likely give a "go-getter" a great job because as anyone will tell you, once you find a good person you'll be hard pressed to let them go. So stop by your local TV/Radio Station. Marketing firm, Playhouse, etc. These are a step in the right direction.

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Experience Affects Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast Salaries

National Average
$54,000


directing
up arrow 7%

Graphic Design
up arrow 15%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 43%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 20%
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