Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

27-2012 Producers and Directors

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

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
79,780 2.7 % $41.77 $86,870 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.69 $20.62 $32.08 $53.49 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $30,560 $42,890 $66,720 $111,250 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion Picture and Video Industries 23,490 $52.20 $108,580
Radio and Television Broadcasting 21,420 $35.67 $74,190
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 6,380 $41.67 $86,680
Performing Arts Companies 5,260 $27.12 $56,400
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,830 $52.40 $109,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 720 $59.20 $123,140
Other Telecommunications 40 $56.11 $116,710
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,830 $52.40 $109,000
Motion Picture and Video Industries 23,490 $52.20 $108,580
Specialized Design Services 90 $50.77 $105,600


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,340 $42.11 $87,580 2.097
New York 14,420 $54.95 $114,290 1.699
California 20,070 $57.95 $120,530 1.381
Connecticut 1,630 $38.32 $79,710 0.988
Massachusetts 3,000 $33.45 $69,580 0.945

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 20,070 $57.95 $120,530 1.381
New York 14,420 $54.95 $114,290 1.699
District of Columbia 1,340 $42.11 $87,580 2.097
Connecticut 1,630 $38.32 $79,710 0.988
Oregon 780 $37.71 $78,430 0.478


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,210 $63.77 $132,650 3.839
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,880 $55.93 $116,340 2.543
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,290 (8) (8) 2.297
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 $46.57 $96,860 1.484
Great Falls, MT 40 $14.78 $30,730 1.216

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,210 $63.77 $132,650 3.839
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,880 $55.93 $116,340 2.543
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 600 $49.22 $102,370 0.491
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 $46.57 $96,860 1.484
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 $45.54 $94,730 0.371


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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