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

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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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SALARY TREND

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.

INDUSTRIES

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

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$112,710
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$98,790
Information
$97,780
Manufacturing
$95,250
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$92,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,030

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,880
Educational Services
$66,430
Retail Trade
$76,060
Finance and Insurance
$77,550
Public Administration
$78,330
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$82,480