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Producers and Directors in California

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8.3% Jobs Projection
$97,550 Median Salary
3,330 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Producers and Directors in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Producers and Directors in California is growing faster than average.

  • Producers and Directors in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Producers and Directors Work in California?

There were approximately 25,320 workers employed as Producers and Directors in this state in 2018.

There were 29,100 Producers and Directors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 3,780 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 1,115 Producers and Directors working in it, which means California has more Producers and Directors than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Producers and Directors in this state are growing at a rate of 8.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 12.2%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 3,330 annual Producers and Directors job openings in California, and 36,600 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 14,100 annual jobs and 151,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Producers and Directors Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Producers and Directors ranged from $45,120 to $205,780 with $97,550 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.69 to $98.93. The median hourly rate was $46.9.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $47.79 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.89.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Producers and Directors

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Producers and Directors.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 18,610 $107,070
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,990 $91,070
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 850 $86,740
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 720 $55,170
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 600 $60,180
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 280 $70,240
Fresno, CA 210 $50,540
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 130 $81,230
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 90 n/a
Santa Rosa, CA 90 $60,110
Salinas, CA 70 $60,050
Bakersfield, CA 60 $54,350
Stockton-Lodi, CA 50 $69,590
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 n/a

Top States for Producers and Directors Employment

The table below shows the states where most Producers and Directors work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York 26,110 $96,590
California 25,320 $97,550
Florida 6,630 $60,320
Texas 5,300 $61,790
Georgia 4,900 $73,470
Massachusetts 3,250 $61,810
Illinois 2,950 $62,230
Pennsylvania 2,700 $58,200
Washington 2,400 $64,400
District of Columbia 2,360 $82,150
North Carolina 2,330 $59,660
Virginia 2,090 $65,140
Tennessee 2,060 $52,070
Michigan 2,030 $55,830
Ohio 1,850 $53,190
Connecticut 1,800 $70,380
Colorado 1,710 $58,830
Missouri 1,610 $55,380
Maryland 1,590 $75,620
New Jersey 1,580 $75,830

Below are the states where Producers and Directors get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $97,550
New York $96,590
District of Columbia $82,150
New Jersey $75,830
Maryland $75,620
Georgia $73,470
Connecticut $70,380
Hawaii $70,120
Minnesota $65,770
Virginia $65,140

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