Production Director, Film/TV Salary

Median pay for TV & Film Production Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $87K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all TV & Film Production Directors who answered the questionnnaire. Most TV & Film Production Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,988 - $159,239
$34K
$87K
$160K
MEDIAN: $87,429
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$33,988 - $159,239  
   
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$34,124 - $178,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Production Director, Film/TV

Pay by Experience for a Production Director, Film/TV has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Director, Film/TV with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Director, Film/TV with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Production Director, Film/TV which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 12 salaries. A Production Director, Film/TV with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 6 salaries.

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Key Stats for Production Director, Film/TV

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Production Director, Film/TV Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲2%

National Average
$90,000

Mid-Career
▼12%

Entry-Level
▼34%

Skills That Affect Production Director, Film/TV Salaries

National Average
$90,000

Project Management
▼11%

Video Editing
▼28%

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 15%
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