Producer or Director Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Producer or Directors — just under nine in ten, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $63K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Male Producer or Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,661 - $121,300
(Median)
$36K
$65K
$120K
MEDIAN: $65,036
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$12.08 - $97.87
(Median)
$12
$18
$98
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,661 - $121,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,474  
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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$34,795 - $136,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$11.07 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,474  
   
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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$34,795 - $136,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Producer or Director

Directors and producers work in an office environment overseeing a group of employees to make sure that their work meets company standards. They meet regularly with management to establish goals and procedures, continuously making sure that satisfactory progress is being made. In addition, a director or producer meets with lower-level employees to address any concerns they might have and to get input on how to make processes run more smoothly. Depending on the industry, a director or producer also works directly with clients.

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Producer or Director Tasks

  • Oversee shooting and recording of content, including judging if material will be suitable.
  • Contribute to bidding, pre-production, and final packaging of products.
  • Schedule, supervise, and lead day-to-day video, and/or radio production.
  • Guide vendor selection and negotiations, ensuring schedules are met.

Common Career Paths for Producer or Director


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As Producer or Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Producer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Producers earn $100K on average per year. As Producer or Directors progress in their field, many go on to become TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $46K. Another common career choice for Producer or Directors is to move into an Executive Television Producer role — this promotion usually pays $82K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Producer or Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $44K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $59K. Producer or Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $81K. Producer or Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $84K.

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"How many days I would have that were over 8 hours."
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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%
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