TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors. Pay fluctuates from $29K to $121K per year, but expected earnings average $58K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,821 - $123,770
(Median)
$31K
$58K
$120K
MEDIAN: $57,539
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$10.41 - $50.22
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$10
$16
$50
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,821 - $123,770  
   
Bonus
$974 - $10,304  
Total Pay (?
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$29,110 - $121,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $50.22  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $34.57  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$974 - $10,304  
   
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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$29,110 - $121,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast

The fast-paced position of a cable broadcast producer/director requires not only holding auditions for shows, but also selecting qualified cast members for these shows. They must be able to identify and select scripts to best serve the audience being targeted by the corporation, and they must also have the skills to manage fiscal budgets designated for all shows set forth by the corporation. Interpersonal skills are also important in order to work well with crew members and ensure that the production process is as safe and efficient as possible.

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Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Producer-Director, TV/Cable Broadcast


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TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Executive Television Producer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $83K per year.

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

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors 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 $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,157

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 92 percent above the national average. TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+62 percent) and Los Angeles (+60 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:
"Show Value From The Get-Go."
Choose a job that fits your skills and surround yourself with a team that speak your artistic / creative language. If there is anything you think you can do better, do it. Fight for taking ownership of an aspect of the company that you know you can lead.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

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

National Average
$54,000

directing
up arrow 3%


Graphic Design
up arrow 39%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 44%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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