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 $36K to $183K per year and averages out to $102K annually. Overall cash earnings for Technical Directors stretch from $36K on the lower end to $183K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $35K from bonuses and $29K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. The vast majority (82 percent) of Technical Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,245 - $168,897
(Median)
$40K
$100K
$170K
MEDIAN: $102,043
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$11.59 - $48.70
(Median)
$12
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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 (?
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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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Technical Directors who advance into positions like Cardiac Sonographer may end up with significantly less money. Reported pay for Cardiac Sonographers is $58K on average.

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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


Technical Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Technical Directors. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $49K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $62K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $113K. Technical Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $140K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,520

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Technical Directors, 89 percent higher than 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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