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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-2012 Producers and Directors

Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.


National estimates for Producers and Directors
Industry profile for Producers and Directors
Geographic profile for Producers and Directors

National estimates for Producers and Directors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Producers and Directors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
138,250 5.2 % $ 49.01 $ 101,950 4.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Producers and Directors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.37 $ 24.45 $ 37.98 $ 62.23 $ 99.45
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,210 $ 50,860 $ 79,000 $ 129,440 $ 206,860


Industry profile for Producers and Directors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Producers and Directors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Producers and Directors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Producers and Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 50,360 15.97 $ 56.97 $ 118,490
Radio and Television Broadcasting 30,770 16.15 $ 35.22 $ 73,250
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 8,470 1.95 $ 55.98 $ 116,430
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 4,510 9.48 $ 45.33 $ 94,290
Performing Arts Companies 4,400 6.35 $ 32.74 $ 68,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Producers and Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 30,770 16.15 $ 35.22 $ 73,250
Motion Picture and Video Industries 50,360 15.97 $ 56.97 $ 118,490
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 4,510 9.48 $ 45.33 $ 94,290
Sound Recording Industries 1,580 9.01 $ 35.05 $ 72,900
Performing Arts Companies 4,400 6.35 $ 32.74 $ 68,090

Top paying industries for Producers and Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 260 1.09 $ 92.84 $ 193,100
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $ 78.53 $ 163,340
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,230 0.05 $ 59.00 $ 122,730
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 930 0.09 $ 58.14 $ 120,930
Employment Services 1,190 0.03 $ 57.48 $ 119,550


Geographic profile for Producers and Directors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Producers and Directors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Producers and Directors, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of producers and directors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Producers and Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 45,630 2.76 2.81 $ 65.75 $ 136,770
New York 27,140 3.13 3.19 $ 54.27 $ 112,870
Texas 6,440 0.53 0.54 $ 33.43 $ 69,540
Florida 5,970 0.69 0.71 $ 34.98 $ 72,760
Georgia 4,340 0.99 1.01 $ 33.93 $ 70,580


Map of location quotient of producers and directors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Producers and Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,240 3.38 3.44 $ 45.23 $ 94,080
New York 27,140 3.13 3.19 $ 54.27 $ 112,870
California 45,630 2.76 2.81 $ 65.75 $ 136,770
Connecticut 2,140 1.36 1.39 $ 52.34 $ 108,860
New Mexico 990 1.27 1.30 $ 50.53 $ 105,100


Map of annual mean wages of producers and directors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Producers and Directors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 45,630 2.76 2.81 $ 65.75 $ 136,770
New York 27,140 3.13 3.19 $ 54.27 $ 112,870
Connecticut 2,140 1.36 1.39 $ 52.34 $ 108,860
New Mexico 990 1.27 1.30 $ 50.53 $ 105,100
New Jersey 1,440 0.37 0.38 $ 48.52 $ 100,920



Map of employment of producers and directors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Producers and Directors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 36,850 6.44 6.57 $ 69.04 $ 143,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 25,960 2.99 3.05 $ 55.31 $ 115,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,650 1.24 1.27 $ 44.70 $ 92,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,650 1.63 1.66 $ 59.93 $ 124,650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,490 1.35 1.37 $ 35.12 $ 73,060
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,580 1.05 1.07 $ 38.41 $ 79,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,460 0.58 0.59 $ 36.10 $ 75,090
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,810 0.50 0.51 $ 36.30 $ 75,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,720 0.66 0.68 $ 45.17 $ 93,950
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,520 0.57 0.58 $ 40.22 $ 83,660


Map of location quotient of producers and directors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Producers and Directors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 36,850 6.44 6.57 $ 69.04 $ 143,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 25,960 2.99 3.05 $ 55.31 $ 115,050
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,100 2.02 2.06 $ 48.93 $ 101,780
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 720 1.93 1.96 $ 61.93 $ 128,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,650 1.63 1.66 $ 59.93 $ 124,650
Missoula, MT 80 1.35 1.38 $ 33.27 $ 69,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,490 1.35 1.37 $ 35.12 $ 73,060
Santa Fe, NM 80 1.34 1.36 $ 48.86 $ 101,630
Columbia, MO 120 1.28 1.30 $ 21.68 $ 45,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,650 1.24 1.27 $ 44.70 $ 92,970


Map of annual mean wages of producers and directors by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Producers and Directors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 36,850 6.44 6.57 $ 69.04 $ 143,610
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 720 1.93 1.96 $ 61.93 $ 128,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,030 0.96 0.98 $ 60.09 $ 124,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,650 1.63 1.66 $ 59.93 $ 124,650
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 25,960 2.99 3.05 $ 55.31 $ 115,050
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.57 0.58 $ 53.60 $ 111,490
Trenton, NJ 90 0.37 0.38 $ 52.13 $ 108,420
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,100 2.02 2.06 $ 48.93 $ 101,780
Santa Fe, NM 80 1.34 1.36 $ 48.86 $ 101,630
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 690 0.70 0.72 $ 46.51 $ 96,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Producers and Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 0.39 $ 23.53 $ 48,940
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 0.70 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 0.48 $ 32.71 $ 68,030
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 0.38 $ 18.72 $ 38,930
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 0.31 $ 23.96 $ 49,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Producers and Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.68 0.70 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 0.63 $ 34.11 $ 70,960
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 0.48 $ 32.71 $ 68,030
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 0.48 $ 28.57 $ 59,420
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 0.48 $ 39.64 $ 82,450

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Producers and Directors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 0.48 $ 39.64 $ 82,450
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 0.63 $ 34.11 $ 70,960
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 0.35 $ 33.83 $ 70,370
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 0.48 $ 33.77 $ 70,240
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 0.48 $ 32.71 $ 68,030


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022