Production Assistant Salary (United States)

Salaries for Production Assistants in the United States sit in the ballpark of $13.25 per hour. The top of the range reaches $19.04, and the bottom approaches $9.09 per hour. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although a majority have medical coverage and about half have dental coverage, around one third claim no health benefits at all. Most Production Assistants (63 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Production Assistants is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Production Assistant Salary (?
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$27,414 - $47,018
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MEDIAN: $34,560
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Production Assistant Salary (?
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$9.09 - $19.04
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,414 - $47,018  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,500  
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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$21,112 - $45,093  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $19.04  
   
Overtime
$13.89 - $27.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,500  
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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$21,112 - $45,093  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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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Production Assistants who transition into Manufacturing Production Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $29K per year. When Production Assistants are ready for the next step in their career, they often become TV Producer-Directors or Video Editors, where they can expect an additional $13,845 or $8,718 per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant

Production Assistants report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Production Support, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Apple Final Cut Pro. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Organizing.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Production Assistants, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $33K climbs to $34K. Pay amounts to $34K after 10 to 20 years. As Production Assistants approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $39,864. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 6 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 2 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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Boston
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Stamford offers some of the highest pay in the country for Production Assistants, 38 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Francisco, New York, Denver, and Washington, top-paying markets where Production Assistants rake in more than the national norm (+23 percent, +9 percent, +6 percent, and +4 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-8 percent and -7 percent).

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 23%
National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Production Support
up arrow 16%
Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 13%
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 11%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 9%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%
Scheduling
up arrow 7%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%
Production Management
up arrow 4%
Inventory Management
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Organizing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$32,000
Video Editing
up arrow 1%
Apple Final Cut Pro
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 35%
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