Technical Director Salary
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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$37,028 - $169,560|
|Bonus||$1,473 - $38,353|
|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).)
|$32,284 - $179,904|
|Hourly Rate||$11.58 - $41.39|
|Overtime||$15.51 - $73.75|
|Bonus||$1,473 - $38,353|
|Profit Sharing||$2,500 - $30,000|
|Total Pay (||$32,284 - $179,904|
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.Read More...
Technical assistants typically work in an office or from a multimedia control room. They need substantial knowledge of industry-standard equipment and must be able to work under pressure. Most employers require technical directors to have a bachelor's in technical management, project management, or a related field. Alternatively, employers may be interested in candidates with degrees in a specific field (for example, theater design) and extensive job experience with technical management. Technical directors' hours vary depending on the project's schedule; for example, technical directors that work on the set on an arts production may need to be available nights and weekends for rehearsals, performances, and other tasks.
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
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.
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
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).
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