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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
119,490 5.6 % $ 46.49 $ 96,690 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Producers and Directors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.34 $ 24.89 $ 36.73 $ 56.74 $ 88.78
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,070 $ 51,760 $ 76,400 $ 118,020 $ 184,660


Industry profile for Producers and Directors: Top

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 38,420 11.66 $ 54.74 $ 113,860
Radio and Television Broadcasting 31,840 15.67 $ 38.65 $ 80,390
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 8,010 1.77 $ 55.38 $ 115,200
Performing Arts Companies 5,080 4.97 $ 33.74 $ 70,180
Other Information Services 4,070 1.17 $ 44.84 $ 93,270

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 31,840 15.67 $ 38.65 $ 80,390
Motion Picture and Video Industries 38,420 11.66 $ 54.74 $ 113,860
Sound Recording Industries 1,460 8.09 $ 43.51 $ 90,510
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 3,780 7.54 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,310 6.84 $ 63.95 $ 133,010

Top paying industries for Producers and Directors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 740 0.54 $ 66.29 $ 137,880
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,310 6.84 $ 63.95 $ 133,010
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,120 0.05 $ 58.93 $ 122,580
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 8,010 1.77 $ 55.38 $ 115,200
Motion Picture and Video Industries 38,420 11.66 $ 54.74 $ 113,860


Geographic profile for Producers and Directors: Top

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.





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 30,790 1.87 2.18 $ 60.68 $ 126,220
New York 24,330 2.80 3.26 $ 58.74 $ 122,180
Florida 5,820 0.69 0.80 $ 35.20 $ 73,220
Georgia 5,310 1.23 1.43 $ 43.09 $ 89,620
Texas 4,930 0.41 0.47 $ 32.52 $ 67,630




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 2,720 3.96 4.61 $ 45.99 $ 95,670
New York 24,330 2.80 3.26 $ 58.74 $ 122,180
California 30,790 1.87 2.18 $ 60.68 $ 126,220
Connecticut 2,190 1.42 1.66 $ 51.72 $ 107,580
Georgia 5,310 1.23 1.43 $ 43.09 $ 89,620




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 30,790 1.87 2.18 $ 60.68 $ 126,220
New York 24,330 2.80 3.26 $ 58.74 $ 122,180
Connecticut 2,190 1.42 1.66 $ 51.72 $ 107,580
District of Columbia 2,720 3.96 4.61 $ 45.99 $ 95,670
Georgia 5,310 1.23 1.43 $ 43.09 $ 89,620





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 23,970 2.71 3.16 $ 58.72 $ 122,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 23,680 4.07 4.73 $ 64.98 $ 135,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,520 1.72 2.00 $ 45.57 $ 94,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,190 1.39 1.62 $ 44.91 $ 93,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,040 1.31 1.52 $ 51.41 $ 106,940
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,920 1.16 1.36 $ 36.33 $ 75,570
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,830 0.65 0.75 $ 35.49 $ 73,810
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,100 0.81 0.94 $ 39.38 $ 81,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,880 0.96 1.12 $ 38.79 $ 80,690
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,730 0.48 0.56 $ 35.61 $ 74,060




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 23,680 4.07 4.73 $ 64.98 $ 135,160
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 23,970 2.71 3.16 $ 58.72 $ 122,140
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 920 2.45 2.85 $ 61.66 $ 128,250
Santa Fe, NM 120 2.02 2.35 $ 30.74 $ 63,930
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,030 1.88 2.19 $ 47.28 $ 98,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,520 1.72 2.00 $ 45.57 $ 94,790
Medford, OR 140 1.64 1.91 $ 31.91 $ 66,370
Missoula, MT 90 1.54 1.79 $ 28.16 $ 58,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,190 1.39 1.62 $ 44.91 $ 93,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,040 1.31 1.52 $ 51.41 $ 106,940




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 23,680 4.07 4.73 $ 64.98 $ 135,160
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 920 2.45 2.85 $ 61.66 $ 128,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 23,970 2.71 3.16 $ 58.72 $ 122,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,420 1.28 1.50 $ 54.03 $ 112,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,040 1.31 1.52 $ 51.41 $ 106,940
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,030 1.88 2.19 $ 47.28 $ 98,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,520 1.72 2.00 $ 45.57 $ 94,790
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.86 1.01 $ 45.47 $ 94,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,190 1.39 1.62 $ 44.91 $ 93,420
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 980 0.67 0.78 $ 41.60 $ 86,530

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 1.30 $ 26.46 $ 55,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 0.52 $ 23.56 $ 49,010
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 0.53 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 0.46 $ 21.12 $ 43,920
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.15 1.34 $ 30.45 $ 63,330

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)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.15 1.34 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 1.30 $ 26.46 $ 55,030
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 0.70 $ 23.26 $ 48,370
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 0.68 $ 26.01 $ 54,100
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 0.67 $ 22.06 $ 45,880

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)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 0.56 $ 32.54 $ 67,670
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 0.53 $ 31.35 $ 65,200
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.15 1.34 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.15 $ 29.56 $ 61,480
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.45 $ 28.06 $ 58,360


About May 2020 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.

(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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021