Production Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $14.00 per hour on average. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Production Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,123 - $49,330
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MEDIAN: $36,264
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$9.88 - $19.46
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,123 - $49,330  
   
Bonus
$494.93 - $5,117  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Commission
$2,600  
Total Pay (?
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$21,473 - $46,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $19.46  
   
Overtime
$14.78 - $29.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$494.93 - $5,117  
   
Commission
$2,600  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$21,473 - $46,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 575
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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 $89K annually. Production Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Film & TV Associate Producers or Video Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Production Assistants include Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, Viacom Inc., c-span, and CBS Corporation. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Viacom Inc. offers the most; Production Assistants earn $40K on average there.

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 After Effects, Data Entry, Production Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Inventory Management. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $32K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $34K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Assistants make a median salary of $36K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Production Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,639

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

For those looking to make money, Production Assistants in Stamford enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Production Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Production Assistants in Portland earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (12 percent lower) and St. Louis (11 percent lower).

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




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 17%

Data Entry
up arrow 12%


Project Management
up arrow 8%






Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Apple Final Cut Pro
0%

National Average
$33,000

Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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