The median total income of Producer or Directors is around $62K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (more than two-thirds, in fact) comes from commissions. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although approximately one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Men working as Producer or Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Most Producer or Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,714 - $119,955
(Median)
$35K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $62,027
10%
50%
90%

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$11.92 - $98.63
(Median)
$12
$22
$99
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,714 - $119,955  
   
Bonus
$1,949 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$9,750  
Commission
$43,000  
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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$33,518 - $122,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $98.63  
   
Overtime
$32.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,949 - $19,392  
   
Commission
$43,000  
Profit Sharing
$9,750  
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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$33,518 - $122,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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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While Producer or Directors do not often become Executive Producers, the job pays $98K per year on average. A TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director role is the most prevalent career advancement for Producer or Directors. Paychecks for that role are $47K on average. The Executive Television Producer position is another common transition for Producer or Directors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $83K mark.

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Popular Skills for Producer or Director


Producer or Directors report a focused set of job skills. Project Management and Production Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Most people who know Project Management also know Production Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Producer or Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Producer or Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. Producer or Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,856

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

For those looking to make money, Producer or Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 61 percent above the national average. Producer or Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+54 percent) and New York (+30 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland.

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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 46%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Producer or Director Salaries


Production Management
up arrow 15%

National Average
$62,000

Video Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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