Production Assistant Salary

Pay for Production Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.97 per hour. Total incomes of Production Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $22K and $46K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by approximately half. Production Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Production Assistants. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,491 - $48,263
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,174
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$9.67 - $19.15
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,491 - $48,263  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,872  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
Commission
$8,500  
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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$21,569 - $45,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$14.61 - $28.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,872  
   
Commission
$8,500  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$21,569 - $45,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 717
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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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For Production Assistants, progressing to a Technical Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Technical Director can earn $92K annually. Production Assistants most often move into positions as TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors or Video Editors; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Survey results imply that Production Assistants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Project Management, and Production Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration and Inventory Management. Most people experienced in 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.


Production Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $32K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $33K. Production Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,663

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

Stamford is home to an above-average pay rate for Production Assistants, 37 percent higher than the national average. Production Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+10 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (12 percent lower) and Austin (6 percent lower).

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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 25%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 13%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 11%

Production Support
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Scheduling
up arrow 6%



Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 2%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Office Administration
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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