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Technical Director Salary

Technical Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little under three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $101K annually on average but can range from $37K to $177K per year. In the world of Technical Directors, overall income ranges from $37K near the bottom to $177K at the top; this can include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Technical Directors are male. The majority of Technical Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$40,627 - $162,053
(Median)
$41K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,868
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$11.12 - $48.84
(Median)
$11
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$40,627 - $162,053  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $30,339  
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $24,747  
Commission
$2,000 - $34,000  
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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$37,167 - $176,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,248
National Hourly Rate 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$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $48.84  
   
Overtime
$14.32 - $63.12  
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$100.67 - $30,339  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $34,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $24,747  
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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$37,167 - $176,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144

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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 report using a deep pool 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 46 percent, 41 percent, and 33 percent, respectively. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Audiovisual Systems and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $50K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $64K on average. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $115K. Technical Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $137K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 83 percent, Technical Directors in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+48 percent), Denver (+40 percent), Austin (+37 percent), and Atlanta (+32 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Technical Directors in Los Angeles earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Technical Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 287 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

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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