Technical Director Salary

More than two-thirds of Technical Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $38K to $177K per year, and the average comes out to $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Technical Directors approaches anywhere from $38K on the lower end to $177K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Technical Directors (82 percent) who took the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$40,545 - $163,169

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$11.50 - $49.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,545 - $163,169  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $30,378  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $15,456  
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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$37,680 - $177,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $49.85  
   
Overtime
$14.28 - $69.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$195.74 - $30,378  
   
Commission
$2,035 - $33,410  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $15,456  
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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$37,680 - $177,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 Product Development, Software Development, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent, 44 percent, and 41 percent, respectively. Those listing Audiovisual Systems as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Wireless and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in People Management are similarly competent 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.


Technical Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $50K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $65K on average. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $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 $137K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Technical Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 81 percent above the national average. Technical Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+48 percent), Austin (+39 percent), Denver (+33 percent), and New York (+33 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 20 percent below 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 270 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: 10%
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