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Production Assistant Salary

Earnings for Production Assistants in the United States come in at around $13.79 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Most Production Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Production Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,521 - $47,376
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$27K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,616
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$9.57 - $19.47
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,521 - $47,376  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,564  
Profit Sharing
$744 - $2,948  
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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$21,376 - $45,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $19.47  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $28.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,564  
   
Profit Sharing
$744 - $2,948  
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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$21,376 - $45,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498

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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 are an average $62K annually. 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


Production Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Production Support, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Outlook, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Apple Final Cut Pro. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $32K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $34K. Production Assistants bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Production Assistants in Stamford receive some of the highest pay in the country. Production Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+9 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Washington (+4 percent). In Houston, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. St. Louis and Las Vegas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 7 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 26%



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 15%

Production Support
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 12%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%


Scheduling
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Production Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%