Technical Director Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Technical Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $37K to $176K per year and averages out to $101K annually. Total cash earnings of Technical Directors range from $37K on the low end to $176K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $25K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (82 percent) of Technical Directors who answered the questionnaire are male.

$40,484 - $160,839
(Median)
$40K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,680
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$11.14 - $49.56
(Median)
$11
$25
$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,484 - $160,839  
   
Bonus
$99.44 - $30,417  
Profit Sharing
$1,260 - $24,832  
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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$37,071 - $176,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $49.56  
   
Overtime
$14.23 - $62.74  
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
$99.44 - $30,417  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $34,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,260 - $24,832  
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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$37,071 - $176,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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 46 percent, 44 percent, and 30 percent, respectively. Those listing Audiovisual Systems as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Wireless also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in People Management indicates knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

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


For many Technical Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $65K on average. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $116K. 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 $136K.

Pay Difference by Location


Technical Directors will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 83 percent. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+48 percent), Denver (+40 percent), Austin (+37 percent), and Washington (+33 percent). Technical Directors in Los Angeles report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall 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 283 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
39%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

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