Production Assistant Salary

For Production Assistants, hourly average wages total $13.97 per hour. In the world of Production Assistants, overall income ranges from $22K near the bottom to $46K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Production Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Production Assistants who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Although the greater part have medical coverage and about one-half have dental coverage, one in three claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$26,491 - $48,263
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$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 (?
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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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At the upper end, Production Assistants who move into a Technical Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Technical Directors is a much higher $92K per year. Career advancement for the typical Production Assistant often leads to becoming a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director or a Video Editor; median salaries in these positions are $14K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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, Adobe Illustrator, Project Management, and Production Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Office Administration and Inventory Management. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $32K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $33K. For Production Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $41K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,663

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Production Assistants in Stamford receive some of the highest pay in the country. Production Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+10 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Austin (12 percent lower and 6 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 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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