The median annual wage for producers and directors was $68,440 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,780, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $181,780.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for producers and directors in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Advertising, public relations, and related services
Motion picture and video industries
Cable and other subscription programming
Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries
Radio and television broadcasting
Some producers and directors earn a percentage of ticket sales. A few of the most successful producers and directors have extraordinarily high earnings, but most do not.
Work hours for producers and directors can be long and irregular. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. About 1 out of 3 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014. Many producers and directors do not work a standard workweek because they have variable schedules. Theater directors and producers may travel with a touring show across the country, while those in film and television may work on location (a site away from the studio where all or part of the filming occurs).
Producers and Directors
Median annual wages, May 2015
Producers and directors
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics