Technical Director Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (over a third on average) of overall compensation for Technical Directors, and the median take-home for this group lies near $79K. Total cash earnings of Technical Directors range from $31K on the low end to $180K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $39K and $30K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Technical Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Technical Directors (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage.

$36,670 - $169,787
$37K
$91K
$170K
MEDIAN: $90,765
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90%

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$11.51 - $40.86
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$19
$41
MEDIAN: $19.05
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$36,670 - $169,787  
   
Bonus
$1,291 - $39,136  
Profit Sharing
$2,073 - $30,100  
Commission
$28,496  
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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$31,481 - $179,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 927
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.51 - $40.86  
   
Overtime
$15.28 - $73.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,291 - $39,136  
   
Commission
$28,496  
Profit Sharing
$2,073 - $30,100  
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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$31,481 - $179,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 177

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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

  • Design and develop strategies to enhance and optimize technical operations.
  • Evaluate existing operations procedures and make recommendations based on organization regulations and budget.
  • Lead and coordinate with teams to design, test, implement, and manage new or improved technical operations.

Common Career Paths for Technical Director


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It's not very common for Technical Directors to move on to become VPs of Operations. Average pay for a VP of Operations is $124K annually. Technical Directors most frequently become Theater Production Managers and Cardiac Sonographers even though median compensation is $35K lower and $21K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Director


U.S. Department of Defense attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $148K.

Popular Skills for Technical Director


Survey results imply that Technical Directors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Software Architecture, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 86 percent, 82 percent, and 50 percent, respectively. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Audio Visual Equipment Use and Audiovisual Systems also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with People Management also know Operations Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

Pay by Experience for a Technical Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 241 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 328 salaries. An experienced Technical Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 504 salaries. A Technical Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 331 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,494

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For those looking to make money, Technical Directors in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 91 percent above the national average. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+90 percent), Houston (+69 percent), Philadelphia (+68 percent), and Boston (+67 percent). Compared to the national average, Portland Technical Directors have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

Technical Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Technical Director

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries

▲64%

▲25%

National Average
$79,000

▼29%

▼47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 13%