Production Assistant Salary

Pay for Production Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.88 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the greater part have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Production Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Production Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,334 - $47,854

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$9.67 - $19.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,334 - $47,854  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,894  
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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$21,472 - $45,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 484
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.26  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $28.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,894  
   
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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$21,472 - $45,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 590
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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 it's uncommon, some Production Assistants move into roles as Manufacturing Production Managers, where pay is an average $62K per year. When Production Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors or Video Editors. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Survey results imply that Production Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Production Support, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Office Administration and Inventory Management. Most people 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.


Production Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $32K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $33K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Assistants make a median salary of $34K. As Production Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Production Assistants in Stamford enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Production Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 11 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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 27%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 18%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 12%

Production Support
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Scheduling
up arrow 6%



Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Office Administration
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 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
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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