Technical Director Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $78K, over a third of overall earnings for Technical Directors arrives through commissions. Total cash earnings of Technical Directors range from $31K on the low end to $177K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $39K and $31K, respectively. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up the vast majority of Technical Directors (81 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$36,361 - $169,421
$36K
$90K
$170K
MEDIAN: $89,736
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50%
90%

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$11.29 - $40.10
$11
$18
$40
MEDIAN: $18.33
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$0$177K
Salary $36,361 - $169,421
Bonus $1,100 - $39,403
Profit Sharing $3,030 - $30,767
Commission $28,942
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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$31,064 - $177,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 905
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $11.29 - $40.10
Overtime $15.29 - $70.04
Annual Data $0$177K
Bonus $1,100 - $39,403
Commission $28,942
Profit Sharing $3,030 - $30,767
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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$31,064 - $177,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 187

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Job Description for Technical Director

In general, technical directors hold different responsibilities depending on their field of work. However, they share a common, core task: Operating and managing equipment and electronics. In theaters, technical directors are in charge of overseeing lighting, props, and general construction. Different technical areas (such as lighting or props) generally have an individual who focuses solely on that one facet, while technical directors make sure the project as a whole runs efficiently. In theater productions, technical directors may also have a hands on role in ordering and or building sets and designs. In TV and film, technical directors often have a more computer-based role in which they are expected to have significant experience in programming languages and audiovisual equipment. In television, they cue up commercials and new programs, ensuring the network is on schedule and resolving technical problems by effectively delegating tasks.

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Technical Director Tasks

  • Design and develop strategies to enhance and optimize technical operations.
  • Evaluate existing operations procedures and make recommendations based on organization regulations and budget.
  • Lead and coordinate with teams to design, test, implement, and manage new or improved technical operations.

Common Career Paths for Technical Director


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Though some Technical Directors move into positions like VP of Operations (where the average salary is $124K), this progression is not the norm. A lot of Technical Directors advance their careers by becoming Theater Production Managers and Cardiac Sonographers. However, those positions offer $34K less and $19K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Director


U.S. Department of Defense attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $148K.

Popular Skills for Technical Director


Survey results imply that Technical Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Software Architecture, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 90 percent, 86 percent, and 53 percent, respectively. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Audio Visual Equipment Use and Audiovisual Systems also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed in Operations Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

Pay by Experience for a Technical Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 241 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 328 salaries. An experienced Technical Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 504 salaries. A Technical Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 331 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,683

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Technical Directors, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+94 percent), Houston (+73 percent), Philadelphia (+72 percent), and Boston (+71 percent). In Portland, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Technical Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Director?

Technical Director in Pretoria:
"It is good but overwhelming sometimes.The stress levels."
Pros: The fact that I do work that I'm competent and skilled to do. I also enjoy the work I do because it impact on people's health outcomes.
Cons: Scope creeping, overlaps and too much work.

Technical Director in Miami:
"Rewarding."
Pros: The opportunity to gain experiences on a day to day basis.
Cons: The pay is something that I'm not too fond about.

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Key Stats for Technical Director

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries

▲68%

▲28%

National Average
$78,000

▼28%

▼46%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 15%
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