Technical Director Salary

Technical Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than two-thirds of Technical Directors. Salaries average out to around $101K per year and spread from $37K to $178K per year. Final cash compensation to Technical Directors varies from around $37K to approximately $178K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $31K and $24K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Technical Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,654 - $163,428
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$41K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,903
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$11.10 - $49.67
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,654 - $163,428  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $30,645  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $24,361  
Commission
$2,035 - $33,410  
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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$37,354 - $177,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $49.67  
   
Overtime
$14.41 - $69.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$103.04 - $30,645  
   
Commission
$2,035 - $33,410  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $24,361  
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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$37,354 - $177,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Technical Director


Technical Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Strategic Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 41 percent, and 30 percent, respectively. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Audiovisual Systems and Wireless also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with People Management also know Operations Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Technical Directors. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $50K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $65K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $114K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $138K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Technical Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 83 percent above the national average. Technical Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+48 percent), Austin (+37 percent), Denver (+33 percent), and San Diego (+33 percent). Technical Directors in Los Angeles earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 276 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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