Salary for Directors (Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio)

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This occupation has now been updated to Producers and Directors

Also known as:  Broadcast Producer, Casting Director, Film Maker, Independent Film Maker, Independent Video Producer, Motion Picture Director, Movie Producer, Music Video Director, Music Video Producer, News Production Supervisor helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The role of directors in stage, motion pictures, television and radio productions is to select and study scripts, determine their interpretation, and create a list of production necessities including lighting, technical equipment, sets, costumes, choreography, music, and other basic elements. They may create budgets based off of these factors. Additionally, directors choose cues, blocking, set placement and actor interaction with sets. They select angles and shots for filming, and plan the framing, composition, sound, actor movement, and lighting for each scene. These professionals generally have a Bachelor's degree.

A Director will normally receive a salary between $36,070 - $184,660 depending on tenure and industry expertise. Directors will normally get an average salary of ninety-six thousand six hundred and ninety dollars on a yearly basis.

Directors can get the best compensation in California, which has an average salary rate of just about $126,220. People with this job title are paid most highly in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they earn average wages of $112,710.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 35.01 percent nationwide in that time.


Directors (Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio) tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Retail Trade
Finance and Insurance
Public Administration
Other Services (except Public Administration)