Production Assistant Salary

Production Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.78 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by half. The majority of Production Assistants (63 percent) who took the survey are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,176 - $47,861
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,787
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$9.66 - $19.32
(Median)
$9
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,176 - $47,861  
   
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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$21,437 - $45,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 473
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $19.32  
   
Overtime
$14.78 - $28.23  
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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$21,437 - $45,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 560
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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 some Production Assistants move into positions like Manufacturing Production Manager (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Production Assistant is to become a TV & Cable Broadcast Producer-Director or a Video Editor. Compared to Production Assistants, the first group earns $14K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Production Assistant


Production Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Illustrator, and Production Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 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 Production Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $34K. Production Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Assistants, busy Stamford offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Production Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+10 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston 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

Late-Career
up arrow 26%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Production Assistant Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 12%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%

Production Support
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 6%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Production Management
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 2%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 173 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: 64% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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