Production Assistant Salary (United States)

Production Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.25 per hour. Pay starts at $9.09 per hour and can approach $19.04 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by about half. Women make up the majority of Production Assistants (63 percent). For the most part, Production Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$21,112 - $45,093  
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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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There are some Production Assistants—though it's uncommon—that transition into Manufacturing Production Managers, where earnings can rise by $29K annually. Production Assistants most often move into positions as TV Producer-Directors or Video Editors, where they can expect an extra $13,845 or $8,718 per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant

Production Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Apple Final Cut Pro. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know 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. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $33K to $34K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $34K. Though minimal, Production Assistants continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $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. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; the greater part of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$32,000
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For Production Assistants, working in the bustling city of Stamford has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. San Francisco, New York, Denver, and Washington are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Production Assistants earning around 23 percent, 9 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent more than average. St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Columbus (-8 percent and -7 percent, respectively).

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
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%
Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Excel
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Production Management
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Inventory Management
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Organizing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$32,000
Video Editing
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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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