TV & Film Production Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little under three-quarters of TV & Film Production Directors. Pay fluctuates from $51K to $135K per year, but expected earnings average $98K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most TV & Film Production Directors survey respondents are men (79 percent). Job satisfaction for TV & Film Production Directors is high. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and the greater part get vision benefits. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,335 - $129,128
MEDIAN: $97,725

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$50,335 - $129,128  
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$51,064 - $134,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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Job Description for Production Director, Film/TV

Production directors in film/TV are in charge of directing production efforts for films and television shows. This means they are responsible for coordinating a variety of activities related to production, including transportation, choosing locations, designing sets, and procuring costume materials. Other duties involve working closely with filming crew, actors, and other design staff to achieve all production goals in a timely manner. They must have strong leadership skills to motivate their crew, and technical knowledge and experience are also important in order to resolve unexpected issues during the filming and post-production phases.


Production Director, Film/TV Tasks

  • Coordinate with other departments to establish programing strategies and goals.
  • Prepare, analyze and manage production budget.
  • Oversee Daily production policies, objectives, operations and initiatives.
  • Manage, recruit, hire, train, review performance and perform other human resources related tasks.

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Pay by Experience Level for Production Director, Film/TV

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $99K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $103K. TV & Film Production Directors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $94K.

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79 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%