Producer or Director Salary

Total annual pay for Producer or Directors is approximately $61K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — approximately one-half on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Producer or Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Work is enjoyable for Producer or Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,381 - $119,509
(Median)
$35K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,965
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$12.16 - $97.44
(Median)
$12
$18
$97
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,381 - $119,509  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,000  
Profit Sharing
$15,250  
Commission
$30,000  
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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$34,440 - $126,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $97.44  
   
Overtime
$11.07 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,000  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$15,250  
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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$34,440 - $126,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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At the upper end, Producer or Directors who move into an Executive Producer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Producers is a much higher $99K per year. More often than not, a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director role is the next step for Producer or Directors moving up in the field. Pay for TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors is usually $46K. Many Producer or Directors choose to take on an Executive Television Producer role instead, where salaries are typically $83K.

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Survey takers who work as Producer or Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 56 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Producer or Director

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


Producer or Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $45K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Producer or Directors make a median salary of $80K. Producer or Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,266

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

For Producer or Directors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Producer or Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+54 percent) and Los Angeles (+36 percent).

Producer or Director Advice

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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Producer or Director Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$61,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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