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Production Assistant Salary

The average Production Assistant in the United States earns approximately $13.80 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and about one-half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Production Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,160 - $47,473
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,699
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$9.63 - $19.39
(Median)
$9
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,160 - $47,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,564  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $2,575  
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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$21,448 - $45,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 446
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $19.39  
   
Overtime
$14.62 - $28.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,564  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $2,575  
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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$21,448 - $45,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Production Assistant


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Though not the most common occurrence, Production Assistants sometimes become Manufacturing Production Managers, where the average income is $62K per year. Typical career progression for a Production Assistant involves becoming a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director or a Video Editor, roles that pay $14K more and $9K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Production Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Illustrator, and Production Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Apple Final Cut Pro. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Organizing.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Assistant

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


For Production Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $32K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $34K. Production Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Production Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Assistants, working in the bustling city of Stamford has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Production Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+10 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (12 percent lower) and St. Louis (11 percent lower).

Production Assistant Reviews

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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Experience Affects Production Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 12%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 11%

Production Support
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 9%


Scheduling
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Production Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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