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Producer or Director Salary

Producer or Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of Producer or Directors. Salaries average out to around $65K annually and spread from $34K to $125K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men account for the majority of Producer or Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,202 - $119,383
(Median)
$35K
$65K
$120K
MEDIAN: $64,746
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50%
90%

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$14.61 - $97.44
(Median)
$15
$18
$97
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,202 - $119,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,670  
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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$34,500 - $124,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $97.44  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $76.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,670  
   
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).
)
$34,500 - $124,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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Producer or Directors who transition into an Executive Producer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $101K 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.


For many Producer or Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $85K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 22%