The median total income of Producer or Directors is around $63K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (approximately two in three, in fact) comes from commissions. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Producer or Directors is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Male Producer or Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,986 - $121,727
$35K
$63K
$120K
MEDIAN: $62,929
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$11.92 - $98.63
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$99
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,986 - $121,727  
   
Bonus
$1,980 - $20,203  
Profit Sharing
$12,000  
Commission
$43,000  
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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$33,803 - $124,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $98.63  
   
Overtime
$32.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,980 - $20,203  
   
Commission
$43,000  
Profit Sharing
$12,000  
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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$33,803 - $124,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Producer or Director


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Producer or Directors sometimes assume positions such as Executive Producers. That role pays $98K per year on average. A TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director role is the most common promotion for Producer or Directors moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $47K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Producer or Directors is an Executive Television Producer position, where earnings are usually $84K.

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Popular Skills for Producer or Director


Survey takers who work as Producer or Directors report a focused set of job skills. Project Management and Production Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Video Editing. Those familiar with Project Management also tend to know Production Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Producer or Director

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Producer or Directors. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $67K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,492

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

For Producer or Directors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Producer or Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+50 percent) and Seattle (+44 percent). The lowest-paying market is Washington, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent less).

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Key Stats for Producer or Director

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Producer or Director Salaries


Production Management
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National Average
$63,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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