Production Assistant Salary

Production Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $13.98 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Production Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. More than half of Production Assistants (61 percent) survey participants are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,323 - $48,867
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$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,282
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$9.87 - $19.36
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MEDIAN: $13.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,323 - $48,867  
   
Bonus
$487.22 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Commission
$2,600  
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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$21,359 - $45,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $19.36  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $29.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$487.22 - $5,939  
   
Commission
$2,600  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$21,359 - $45,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 583

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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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For Production Assistants, progressing to a Technical Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Technical Director can earn $88K annually. Production Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Film & TV Associate Producers or TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Production Assistant


Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, c-span, Viacom Inc., and CBS Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Production Assistants. Production Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Viacom Inc., where the average salary comes to $40K.

Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Production Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Data Entry, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Management. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Organizing.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Assistant

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


Production Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. Production Assistants see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,413

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Production Assistants, 28 percent higher than the national average. Production Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), New York (+17 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Houston and 10 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Production Assistant Reviews

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

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
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Production Assistant Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

▲7%

National Average
$32,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe After Effects
▲11%

Data Entry
▲10%

Project Management
▲9%




▲6%




Adobe InDesign
▲5%

Microsoft Word
▲5%



National Average
$32,000

Inventory Management
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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