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Technical Director Salary

Technical Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $100K annually on average but can range from $37K to $176K per year. Cash earnings for Technical Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing — stretch from around $37K to approximately $176K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Technical Directors survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,605 - $160,886
(Median)
$41K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,466
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50%
90%

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$11.09 - $49.02
(Median)
$11
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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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
$40,605 - $160,886  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $30,383  
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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$37,251 - $175,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,225
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
$11.09 - $49.02  
   
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 - $30,383  
   
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).
)
$37,251 - $175,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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


Survey takers working as Technical Directors report using a large range of professional skills. 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, 42 percent, and 31 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. Most people who know People Management also know Operations Management.

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $50K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher 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. Technical Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $136K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 84 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 (+49 percent), Denver (+41 percent), Austin (+38 percent), and Atlanta (+32 percent). Technical Directors in Los Angeles make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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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 286 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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