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Producer or Director Salary

Producer or Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just over a half of Producer or Directors. Pay fluctuates from $34K to $128K per year, but expected earnings average $66K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Producer or Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,263 - $120,327
(Median)
$35K
$66K
$120K
MEDIAN: $65,803
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50%
90%

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$12.26 - $96.96
(Median)
$12
$17
$97
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,263 - $120,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,781  
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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$34,383 - $127,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $96.96  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $75.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,781  
   
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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$34,383 - $127,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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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Producer or Directors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Executive Producer. The latter position pays an average of $101K annually. Given that the median pay is $46K, it may be surprising to find that a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director is the most common role for Producer or Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Executive Television Producer role — which pays $82K — is also typical for Producer or Directors, though less common by comparison.

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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.


Producer or Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. On average, Producer or Directors make $80K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $85K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 22%
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