Technical Director Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Technical Directors — more than a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $78K. Cash earnings for Technical Directors — including $40K in bonuses and $31K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $179K depending on individual performance. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Technical Directors are male. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Technical Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,527 - $172,759
$37K
$86K
$170K
MEDIAN: $86,121
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50%
90%

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$11.15 - $39.56
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$18
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MEDIAN: $17.78
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$0$178K
Salary $36,527 - $172,759
Bonus $1,027 - $39,846
Profit Sharing $2,990 - $63,023
Commission $24,500
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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$31,023 - $178,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 896
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $11.15 - $39.56
Overtime $15.50 - $70.54
Annual Data $0$178K
Bonus $1,027 - $39,846
Commission $24,500
Profit Sharing $2,990 - $63,023
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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$31,023 - $178,832
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • 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

  • 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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While Technical Directors do not often become VPs of Operations, the job pays $124K per year on average. Technical Directors most often move into positions as Theater Production Managers or Cardiac Sonographers. Theater Production Managers actually earn $34K less on average, however, and Cardiac Sonographers earn $19K less per year than Technical Directors do.

Technical Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Director


Technical Directors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Department of Defense, where the average salary comes to $148K.

Popular Skills for Technical Director


Technical Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Software Architecture, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 91 percent, 87 percent, and 53 percent, respectively. 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. Those proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Director

Pay by Experience for a Technical Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 241 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 328 salaries. An experienced Technical Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 504 salaries. A Technical Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 331 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,049

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

For those looking to make money, Technical Directors in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 96 percent above the national average. Technical Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+95 percent), Houston (+73 percent), Philadelphia (+72 percent), and Boston (+71 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 19 percent below the national average.

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.

Technical Director in Miami:
"Rewarding."
Pros: The opportunity to gain experiences on a day to day basis.
Cons: The pay is something that I'm not too fond about.

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Key Stats for Technical Director

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Technical Director Salaries

▲76%

▲34%

National Average
$74,000

▼24%

▼43%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 14%
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