A large fraction of take-home pay for Technical Directors comes from commissions — over a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $81K. In the world of Technical Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $38K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $30K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $180K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Technical Directors (82 percent) who took the survey. The majority of Technical Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$37,028 - $169,560
$37K
$93K
$170K
MEDIAN: $92,863
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$11.58 - $41.39
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$37,028 - $169,560  
   
Bonus
$1,473 - $38,353  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $30,000  
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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$32,284 - $179,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 995
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $41.39  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $73.75  
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
$1,473 - $38,353  
   
Commission
$28,496  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $30,000  
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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$32,284 - $179,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 185

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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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Technical Directors who advance into the role of a VP of Operations are fairly uncommon. VPs of Operations on average earn $124K per year. Many Technical Directors choose to become Theater Production Managers and Cardiac Sonographers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $37K less and $22K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Director


U.S. Department of Defense leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $148K.

Popular Skills for Technical Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Software Architecture can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 82 percent above average. Software Development and Product Development are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 56 percent and 82 percent. 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. The majority of those 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $43K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $56K. For Technical Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $131K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,153

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

Home to some of the best pay for Technical Directors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 92 percent above the national average. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+80 percent), Dallas (+75 percent), Houston (+71 percent), and Boston (+61 percent). The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 55 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in St. Louis and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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