Production Assistant Salary

The average Production Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.11 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and roughly one-half have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Production Assistants who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Production Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,554 - $48,677
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$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,210
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$9.87 - $19.58
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$0$48K
Salary $25,554 - $48,677
Bonus $50.51 - $5,068
Profit Sharing $1,952
Commission $3,600
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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$21,258 - $45,429
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 300
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $9.87 - $19.58
Overtime $14.85 - $30.49
Annual Data $0$45K
Bonus $50.51 - $5,068
Commission $3,600
Profit Sharing $1,952
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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$21,258 - $45,429
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 537

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Job Description for Production Assistant

A production assistant performs many of the behind-the-scenes tasks essential in the creation and editing of content and footage. A production assistant handles the necessary administrative duties of the production process. First and foremost, they aid producers and directors in developing the nature of the content to be created. Next, they procure any personnel or equipment that would be necessary for production.

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Production Assistant Tasks

  • Manage digital images, video and metadata for production team, including archiving and syncing.
  • Answer phones and other communication, update files and enter data.
  • Edit files when production teams cannot.

Common Career Paths for Production Assistant


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Production Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Technical Directors. That role pays $87K per year on average. It is quite typical for Production Assistants to transition into roles as Film & TV Associate Producers or Video Editors, where reported median earnings are $11K and $9K higher per year.

Production Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Production Assistant


Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., c-span, Viacom Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, and CBS Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Production Assistants. For Production Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Viacom Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $40K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Production Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Project Management, Production Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Inventory Management. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Organizing.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Production Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 719 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 130 salaries. An experienced Production Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 75 salaries. A Production Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 22 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,652

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

Production Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Production Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), New York (+16 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). In Denver, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and St. Louis (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Production Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Production Assistant?

Production Assistant in Boston:
Pros: Great boss, positive coworkers, manageable workload, good work/life balance.
Cons: Long commute, salary feels low in comparison to price of rent in the city.

Production Assistant in New York:
"I work assisting in a Fashion Design Stydio."
Pros: Using my skills in Fashion Design, sewing, pattern making, Selecting fabrics. Illustrating, buying, liaison between the company and factories, production, computer data entry.
Cons: Problems with some coworkers. I like to work on environments free of gossiping just concentrate on the job you are doing and respect your coworker.

Production Assistant in Boca Raton:
"Bi-yearly reviews are needed."
Pros: The people are friendly.
Cons: The company is still growing in many of its techniques.

Production Assistant in New York:
"A learning curve."
Pros: Working with my team and development of successful products.
Cons: The compensation and the uncertainty.

Production Assistant in Durant:
Pros: I enjoy being a leader in production and other aspects.
Cons: I feel under appreciated for the job I do.

Production Assistant in Los Angeles:
"Office Conditions."
Pros: - incredible staff. - provided meals. - creative environment. - great industry. - fringe entertainment. - casual dress. - team bonding. - invaluable training and growth. - paid overtime.
Cons: - long hours. - occasional stressful work environment. - understaffed.

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Key Stats for Production Assistant

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%
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United States (change)

Experience Affects Production Assistant Salaries

▲13%

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$33,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

▲10%

Project Management
▲8%



▲6%


Adobe After Effects
▲5%

Microsoft Word
▲5%




Adobe InDesign
▲1%


Apple Final Cut Pro
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Inventory Management
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 37%
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