Production Assistant Salary

Production Assistants in the United States take home approximately $13.87 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — roughly a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and half have dental insurance. Women make up the majority of Production Assistants (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Production Assistants. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,291 - $47,741
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,805
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$9.66 - $19.27
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,291 - $47,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,912  
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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$21,466 - $45,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $19.27  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $28.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,912  
   
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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$21,466 - $45,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 572
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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 advance into the role of a Manufacturing Production Manager are fairly uncommon. Manufacturing Production Managers on average earn $62K per year. It is quite typical for Production Assistants to transition into roles as TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Directors or Video Editors, where reported median earnings are $14K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Illustrator, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Management. 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 many Production Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $34K on average. For Production Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Production Assistants, Stamford offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Production Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+10 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Austin (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%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 12%

Production Support
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Scheduling
up arrow 6%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Production Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

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
16%
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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