Production Director, Film/TV Salary
Around two in three of TV & Film Production Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $51K to $131K per year, and the average comes out to $95K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for TV & Film Production Directors is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all TV & Film Production Directors who answered the questionnnaire. Most get medical and dental insurance, and the larger part get vision plans, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$50,000 - $120,079|
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|$50,684 - $131,457|
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.Read More...
Production directors must know how to operate filming equipment and produce coherent content from raw footage. They generally manage expectations as well as budgets and actively participate in content and distribution efforts. They may negotiate contracts with providers and research viewership data and feedback, and other responsibilities include facilitating communication and ideas between legal, marketing, and creative departments, attending executive meetings to suggest changes, and overseeing a team environment. They are also responsible for saving costs and motivating content development based on particular distribution methods and production operations. A bachelor's degree in film or a related field and prior relevant experience are highly beneficial for this position, and industry certifications are also helpful.
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.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $97K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, TV & Film Production Directors make $100K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $90K.
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