Producer or Director Salary

The median total income of Producer or Directors is around $63K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (just under nine-tenths, in fact) comes from commissions. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Approximately one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Producer or Directors is high. Men account for the majority of Producer or Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,375 - $121,300
(Median)
$35K
$65K
$120K
MEDIAN: $65,036
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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
$35,375 - $121,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,396  
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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$34,523 - $135,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $97.44  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $76.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,396  
   
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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$34,523 - $135,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For Producer or Directors, progressing to an Executive Producer role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Executive Producer can earn $101K annually. The most common promotion for Producer or Directors is a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director position, which usually brings in $46K a year. Another standard transition for Producer or Directors seeking advancement is to assume an Executive Television Producer role, where pay is often $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. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Producer or Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $85K.

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Experience Affects Producer or Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 20%
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