Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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 actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
82,880 2.8 % $44.34 $92,220 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.39 $21.83 $33.97 $55.78 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $32,010 $45,400 $70,660 $116,020 (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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 31,640 8.98 $55.73 $115,920
Radio and Television Broadcasting 19,570 9.22 $33.43 $69,540
Performing Arts Companies 4,650 4.11 $28.63 $59,550
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,420 1.05 $52.51 $109,220
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 3,330 4.22 $43.23 $89,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 19,570 9.22 $33.43 $69,540
Motion Picture and Video Industries 31,640 8.98 $55.73 $115,920
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,980 6.24 $53.65 $111,590
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 3,330 4.22 $43.23 $89,930
Performing Arts Companies 4,650 4.11 $28.63 $59,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 370 0.04 $60.08 $124,960
Motion Picture and Video Industries 31,640 8.98 $55.73 $115,920
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,980 6.24 $53.65 $111,590
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,420 1.05 $52.51 $109,220
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (8) (8) $48.17 $100,190


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 23,720 1.69 2.62 $61.92 $128,790
New York 16,040 1.90 2.95 $53.84 $112,000
Florida 4,120 0.58 0.89 $31.52 $65,560
Texas 3,140 0.30 0.47 $24.23 $50,410
Massachusetts 2,290 0.72 1.12 $35.44 $73,720




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,450 2.26 3.49 $43.74 $90,990
New York 16,040 1.90 2.95 $53.84 $112,000
California 23,720 1.69 2.62 $61.92 $128,790
Vermont 250 0.88 1.35 $25.67 $53,400
Connecticut 1,290 0.80 1.24 $42.90 $89,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 23,720 1.69 2.62 $61.92 $128,790
New York 16,040 1.90 2.95 $53.84 $112,000
Hawaii 350 0.61 0.94 $44.01 $91,540
District of Columbia 1,450 2.26 3.49 $43.74 $90,990
Connecticut 1,290 0.80 1.24 $42.90 $89,240





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,850 4.93 7.63 $67.20 $139,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 13,220 2.61 4.04 $55.80 $116,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.94 1.46 $43.42 $90,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.47 0.72 $33.39 $69,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,470 0.66 1.02 $40.41 $84,050
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.29 1.99 $41.43 $86,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,160 0.69 1.07 $38.43 $79,930
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.13 1.75 $33.84 $70,400
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 950 1.73 2.68 $44.98 $93,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 910 0.67 1.03 $36.58 $76,080




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,850 4.93 7.63 $67.20 $139,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 13,220 2.61 4.04 $55.80 $116,060
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 950 1.73 2.68 $44.98 $93,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.29 1.99 $41.43 $86,170
Medford, OR 90 1.23 1.90 $32.09 $66,750
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 140 1.22 1.90 $23.86 $49,630
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,110 1.13 1.75 $33.84 $70,400
Springfield, MA-CT 320 1.11 1.72 $29.47 $61,300
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 210 1.07 1.66 $31.56 $65,650
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 160 1.04 1.60 $33.07 $68,790




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,850 4.93 7.63 $67.20 $139,770
Salinas, CA 50 0.30 0.47 $63.12 $131,300
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 140 0.48 0.74 $57.79 $120,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 13,220 2.61 4.04 $55.80 $116,060
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 0.52 0.81 $54.15 $112,630
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.39 0.60 $49.32 $102,590
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 690 0.95 1.48 $48.95 $101,820
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 950 1.73 2.68 $44.98 $93,550
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 180 0.44 0.69 $44.59 $92,740
Fresno, CA 120 0.39 0.60 $43.69 $90,880

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

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 110 0.92 1.42 $25.71 $53,490
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 0.93 $50.77 $105,610
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 1.36 $29.41 $61,170
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 0.47 $18.72 $38,940
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 1.51 $18.04 $37,520

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 1.51 $18.04 $37,520
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 1.42 $25.71 $53,490
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 1.36 $29.41 $61,170
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 0.93 $50.77 $105,610
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 0.71 $20.34 $42,310

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 0.93 $50.77 $105,610
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 1.36 $29.41 $61,170
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.44 $29.19 $60,710
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.36 $28.12 $58,480
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.27 $28.00 $58,230


About May 2011 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 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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