Producer or Director Salary

Total annual pay for Producer or Directors is approximately $63K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — between two-thirds and three-fourths on average. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up a slight majority of Producer or Directors (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Approximately one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,071 - $110,656
$35K
$62K
$110K
MEDIAN: $62,271
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50%
90%

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$12.72 - $56.17
$13
$22
$56
MEDIAN: $22.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,071 - $110,656  
   
Bonus
$1,532 - $20,134  
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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$33,942 - $120,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $56.17  
   
Overtime
$32.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,532 - $20,134  
   
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).
)
$33,942 - $120,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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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It's not very common for Producer or Directors to move on to become Executive Producers. Average pay for an Executive Producer is $97K annually. The most common career progression for Producer or Directors leads to becoming a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director, where pay is typically $47K. However, many Producer or Directors also opt to become Executive Television Producers, a position that pays $84K on average.

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Popular Skills for Producer or Director


Producer or Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Project Management and Production Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Production Management.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $67K. On average, Producer or Directors make $75K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,630

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

Home to some of the best pay for Producer or Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 63 percent above the national average. Producer or Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+52 percent) and Seattle (+36 percent). The lowest-paying market is Washington, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Charlotte and Portland (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Producer or Director

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

▲41%

▲19%

▲8%

National Average
$63,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Producer or Director Salaries



National Average
$63,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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