Technical Director Salary

Technical Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $36K to $183K per year, median earnings come to $102K annually. In the world of Technical Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $35K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $29K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $183K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Men make up the vast majority of Technical Directors (82 percent) who took the survey. Work is enjoyable for Technical Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,245 - $168,897
(Median)
$40K
$100K
$170K
MEDIAN: $102,043
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90%

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$11.59 - $48.70
(Median)
$12
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$40,245 - $168,897  
   
Bonus
$482.61 - $34,636  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $28,973  
Commission
$25,000  
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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$36,294 - $183,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,494
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $48.70  
   
Overtime
$16.66 - $72.29  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$482.61 - $34,636  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $28,973  
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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$36,294 - $183,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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As Technical Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Cardiac Sonographers, they may actually see their salaries decline sharply. The average Cardiac Sonographer earns a much lower $58K on average.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Department of Defense offers the most; Technical Directors earn $148K on average there.

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 Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 48 percent, 41 percent, and 38 percent, respectively. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Audiovisual Systems and Wireless also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know People Management also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $62K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $113K on average. 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 $140K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,520

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Technical Directors in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 89 percent above the national average. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+48 percent), Austin (+41 percent), Washington (+35 percent), and Boston (+35 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

Technical Director Reviews

What is it like working as a Technical Director?

Technical Director in Pretoria:
"It is good but overwhelming sometimes.The stress levels."
Pros: The fact that I do work that I'm competent and skilled to do. I also enjoy the work I do because it impact on people's health outcomes.
Cons: Scope creeping, overlaps and too much work.

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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries



National Average
$99,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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