Production Manager, Television Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Television Production Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Television Production Managers is $63K annually and can range from $40K on the lower end to $92K per year near the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Television Production Managers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 66 percent of professionals. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Television Production Managers.

$40,785 - $92,024
MEDIAN: $62,908

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$40,785 - $92,024  
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$40,209 - $91,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Job Description for Production Manager, Television

On a television set, there are lots of hard-working individuals that put in time and effort to make sure a program is put together properly. The person that manages these people, as well as the equipment they use, is the production manager. The production manager makes sure the right people are hired for the many jobs on set. A production manager is also in charge of the budget. The success or failure of any program essentially lies on the production manager's shoulders.


Production Manager, Television Tasks

  • Supervise set up, recording and editing, troubleshooting and ensuring adherence to safety regulations.
  • Plan budget and space allocations, coordinating staff assignments.
  • Hire, train, manage, and terminate staff.
  • Oversee production teams and schedules, setting goals and implementing procedures.
  • Write reports, communications, and presentations.

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Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $65K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


34 %
66 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%