Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
87,010 3.1 % $44.42 $92,390 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.42 $22.16 $34.31 $55.36 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $32,080 $46,100 $71,350 $115,150 (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 34,760 9.70 $55.03 $114,450
Radio and Television Broadcasting 20,040 9.35 $32.26 $67,110
Performing Arts Companies 4,670 4.01 $28.41 $59,090
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,480 1.04 $49.38 $102,720
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,130 6.35 $59.29 $123,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 34,760 9.70 $55.03 $114,450
Radio and Television Broadcasting 20,040 9.35 $32.26 $67,110
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,130 6.35 $59.29 $123,310
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 3,020 4.09 $41.76 $86,850
Performing Arts Companies 4,670 4.01 $28.41 $59,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 410 0.04 $79.05 $164,430
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 70 0.01 $64.78 $134,730
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 290 0.03 $63.40 $131,880
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,130 6.35 $59.29 $123,310
Specialized Design Services 460 0.39 $55.55 $115,550


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 24,410 1.71 2.56 $61.54 $128,000
New York 17,160 2.01 3.01 $53.89 $112,100
Florida 4,050 0.56 0.83 $32.88 $68,390
Texas 3,000 0.28 0.42 $24.93 $51,860
Pennsylvania 2,600 0.46 0.70 $35.03 $72,870




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 1,410 2.15 3.22 $42.72 $88,870
New York 17,160 2.01 3.01 $53.89 $112,100
California 24,410 1.71 2.56 $61.54 $128,000
Connecticut 1,440 0.89 1.33 $43.27 $89,990
Vermont 230 0.80 1.19 $25.13 $52,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 24,410 1.71 2.56 $61.54 $128,000
New York 17,160 2.01 3.01 $53.89 $112,100
Hawaii 280 0.48 0.72 $45.29 $94,210
Connecticut 1,440 0.89 1.33 $43.27 $89,990
District of Columbia 1,410 2.15 3.22 $42.72 $88,870





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 19,570 5.06 7.57 $66.13 $137,560
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,150 2.74 4.11 $55.71 $115,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,210 0.94 1.41 $42.93 $89,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.49 0.73 $34.17 $71,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,770 0.78 1.17 $33.51 $69,710
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.86 1.29 $41.78 $86,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,450 0.85 1.27 $34.98 $72,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,400 1.00 1.49 $28.31 $58,890
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.24 1.86 $41.06 $85,410
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,140 1.14 1.70 $33.83 $70,370




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 19,570 5.06 7.57 $66.13 $137,560
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,150 2.74 4.11 $55.71 $115,880
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,060 1.91 2.87 $45.39 $94,420
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.24 1.86 $41.06 $85,410
Wichita Falls, TX 60 1.16 1.74 $10.34 $21,510
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 190 1.16 1.74 $43.48 $90,440
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,140 1.14 1.70 $33.83 $70,370
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 840 1.13 1.69 $49.65 $103,260
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 120 1.11 1.66 $17.61 $36,620
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 170 1.08 1.62 $36.75 $76,440




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 19,570 5.06 7.57 $66.13 $137,560
Salinas, CA 50 0.34 0.51 $61.62 $128,160
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,150 2.74 4.11 $55.71 $115,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.42 0.63 $53.59 $111,460
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 120 0.42 0.63 $53.46 $111,190
Wilmington, NC 90 0.66 0.98 $53.17 $110,600
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 180 0.60 0.90 $52.21 $108,590
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 840 1.13 1.69 $49.65 $103,260
Honolulu, HI 220 0.52 0.77 $45.88 $95,420
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 60 0.33 0.49 $45.55 $94,740

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 100 0.89 1.33 $25.48 $52,990
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.34 0.51 $18.36 $38,180
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 1.30 $29.77 $61,910
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 0.44 $21.18 $44,050
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 1.50 $16.90 $35,150

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 1.00 1.50 $16.90 $35,150
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.89 1.33 $25.48 $52,990
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 1.30 $29.77 $61,910
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 1.00 (8) (8)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 0.64 $24.34 $50,630

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 60 0.37 0.56 $43.04 $89,520
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 1.30 $29.77 $61,910
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 0.43 $28.08 $58,400
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.56 $28.01 $58,260
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.19 $27.11 $56,390


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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