Technical Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $32K to $180K per year, median earnings come to $96K annually. Total cash earnings of Technical Directors range from $32K on the low end to $180K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $38K and $36K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of Technical Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Technical Directors (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,102 - $166,959
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$38K
$96K
$170K
MEDIAN: $96,285
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$11.51 - $40.77
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$12
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$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$38,102 - $166,959  
   
Bonus
$1,501 - $38,140  
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $35,745  
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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$32,221 - $179,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,021
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.51 - $40.77  
   
Overtime
$15.08 - $73.16  
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
$1,501 - $38,140  
   
Commission
$28,496  
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $35,745  
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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$32,221 - $179,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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.

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 $123K annually. Many Technical Directors go on to become Theater Production Managers or Cardiac Sonographers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $40K lower and $25K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Director


The biggest paychecks can be found at U.S. Department of Defense — the median salary there is $148K.

Popular Skills for Technical Director


Technical Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Software Architecture, Software Development, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 76 percent, 72 percent, and 51 percent, respectively. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Telecommunications and Audio Visual Equipment Use also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with People Management also tend to 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $44K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $59K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $101K. 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 $133K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,253

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Surpassing the national average by 73 percent, Technical Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Technical Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+68 percent), Boston (+61 percent), Atlanta (+60 percent), and New York (+50 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Louisville Technical Directors earning much less — 57 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Seattle (15 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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
$84,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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