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Technical Director Salary

The majority of Technical Directors in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $174K per year, and the median is $100K per year. In the world of Technical Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $38K and $174K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Technical Directors far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Technical Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$40,513 - $159,107
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MEDIAN: $99,915
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$10.96 - $51.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,513 - $159,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,551  
Profit Sharing
$1,150 - $20,000  
Commission
$1,965 - $25,434  
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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$37,570 - $174,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,043
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $51.38  
   
Overtime
$13.71 - $64.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,551  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$1,150 - $20,000  
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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$37,570 - $174,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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 large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Project Management, Software Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 38 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing Audiovisual Systems as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Wireless also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Technical Directors. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $50K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $116K. 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 $134K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Technical Directors, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 86 percent greater than the national average. Technical Directors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+52 percent), Houston (+48 percent), Austin (+35 percent), and Atlanta (+29 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Technical Directors is geography, with workers in Los Angeles earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries



National Average
$99,000



Skills That Affect Technical Director Salaries

Strategic Project Management
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SQL
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People Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$99,000

Telecommunications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 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
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%