Producer or Director Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (close to one-half on average) of overall compensation for Producer or Directors, and the median take-home for this group lies near $61K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male Producer or Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 60 percent. Work is enjoyable for Producer or Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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 (?
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
$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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Producer or Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Executive Producer. The average Executive Producer brings home $99K per year. The most common career progression for Producer or Directors leads to becoming a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director, where pay is typically $46K. However, many Producer or Directors also opt to become Executive Television Producers, a position that pays $83K on average.

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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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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. Producer or Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $80K. Producer or Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $81K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,266

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Producer or Directors, 64 percent higher than the national average. Producer or Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+54 percent) and Los Angeles (+36 percent).

Producer or Director Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Producer or Director in 97213:
"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 32%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

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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