Producer or Director Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $63K, just under nine in ten of overall earnings for Producer or Directors arrives through commissions. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Producer or Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Men account for the majority of Producer or Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,590 - $120,484

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$12.08 - $97.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,590 - $120,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,364  
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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$34,818 - $133,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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 - $15,364  
   
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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$34,818 - $133,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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. Becoming a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Producer or Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director is $46K. Another frequent advance is for Producer or Directors to assume an Executive Television Producer role; in this role, workers often take home $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.


Producer or Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $44K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $59K on average. Producer or Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $81K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $84K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Producer or Director Advice

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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
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 21%
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