Production Director, Film/TV Salary

TV & Film Production Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of TV & Film Production Directors. Pay fluctuates from $32K to $130K per year, but expected earnings average $85K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male TV & Film Production Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Though the majority of TV & Film Production Directors do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,722 - $126,440
(Median)
$41K
$85K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,000
10%
50%
90%

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$9.91 - $28.60
(Median)
$9
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,722 - $126,440  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,852  
Total Pay (?
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$32,341 - $129,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $28.60  
   
Overtime
$25.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,852  
   
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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$32,341 - $129,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.

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Production Director, Film/TV Tasks

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

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Professional skills reported by TV & Film Production Directors are few in number. Project Management and Video Editing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Director, Film/TV

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $60K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $71K. TV & Film Production Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $90K.

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Experience Affects Production Director, Film/TV Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$76,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Production Director, Film/TV Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$76,000

Video Editing
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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