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

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 most likely earn a pay level of between 72000 and 108000 depending on seniority levels. Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio will normally receive an average compensation of Ninety One Thousand One Hundred dollars per year.

Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio make the most money in California, where they can earn an average salary rate of close to about $120530. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Information, where they get average pay of $105970.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.62 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 $105,970
Information $93,300
Manufacturing $83,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises $72,890
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $72,460
Accommodation and Food Services $68,900
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $48,930
Wholesale Trade $51,270
Other Services (except Public Administration) $57,290
Retail Trade $58,260
Educational Services $61,750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $66,820
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