Production Director, Film/TV Salary

With just under two-thirds of TV & Film Production Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $39K to $132K per year and averages out to $91K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of TV & Film Production Directors (64 percent) survey respondents are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most TV & Film Production Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,034 - $126,045
$35K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,422
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$38,783 - $131,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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

  • 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.


TV & Film Production Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $79K. TV & Film Production Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $92K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $99K.

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Key Stats for Production Director, Film/TV

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Production Director, Film/TV Salaries

Late-Career
▲5%

National Average
$95,000

Experienced
▼3%

Mid-Career
▼17%

Entry-Level
▼37%

Skills That Affect Production Director, Film/TV Salaries

National Average
$95,000

Project Management
▼16%

Video Editing
▼31%

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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