Technical Director Salary

The majority of Technical Directors in the United States — more than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $37K to $177K per year, and the median is $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Technical Directors bottoms out near $37K and approaches $177K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $31K from bonuses and almost $24K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up the vast majority of Technical Directors (82 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Directors. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,691 - $163,105
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$41K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,670
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$11.09 - $49.07
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,691 - $163,105  
   
Bonus
$103.26 - $30,637  
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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$37,289 - $177,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $49.07  
   
Overtime
$14.41 - $64.29  
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
$103.26 - $30,637  
   
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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$37,289 - $177,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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 wield many 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, 42 percent, and 30 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. Those proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Technical Directors. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $50K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $64K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $114K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $138K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Technical Directors, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 83 percent above the national average. Technical Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+49 percent), Austin (+37 percent), Denver (+34 percent), and San Diego (+34 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Los Angeles Technical Directors earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 282 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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