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Television Production Salary Report 2015

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Brits In The Box partnered with NYTV People for this year's salary report. Over 500 production professionals completed the confidential online survey. 

Find out if men earn more than women, which production positions pay the highest salaries, where you should live to earn higher rates, and whether your experience really does count in the television production industry.

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Television Production Salary Report 2015

  1. 1. Production  Salary  Report  2015 In  association  with
  2. 2. ABOUT This  year  BRITS  IN  THE  BOX  partnered  with  NYTV  PEOPLE  for  our  second   annual  salary  report.     Like   our   inaugural   survey,   we   wanted   to   get   a   picture   of   non-­‐union   rates   being   paid   in   TV   production   in   the   USA   -­‐   largely   because   this   area   is   unregulated.  Our  anonymous  survey  asked  people  to  report  their  job  role,  sex,   age,  location,  experience,  daily  and  weekly  rates  as  well  as  their  earnings  in   2014.  Respondents  were  also  invited  to  share  their  thoughts  on  the  industry.   More   than   550   people   took   part   and   we   received   responses   from   as   far   as   Australia  and  Russia.  We  have  included  responses  from  the  USA  only  in  our   rate  and  earnings  analysis,  as  this  market  is  our  focus.   Both  median  and  average  values  were  calculated  and  we  use  median  values   throughout  the  report,  as  they  are  a  more  accurate  reflection  of  industry  rates   and  earnings.  (The  median  is  the  mid-­‐range  value  which  separates  the  highest   rates  from  the  lowest).       Rates  and  not  included  for  roles  where  there  was  not  enough  collected  data  to     provide  accurate  analysis   Thank  you  to    everyone  who  participated  in  the  survey  -­‐  which  enabled  us  to   produce  a  useful  and  informative  report,  that  we  know    will  benefit  many   production  professionals.     Jacqui  Moore   Founder:  Brits  In  The  Box  
  3. 3. BRITS  IN  THE  BOX   Since   2012   Brits   In  The   Box   has   provided   television   production   and   consulting  services  to  production  companies  in  both  the  USA  and  UK.     This   year   we   expanded   our   services   to   include   one-­‐on-­‐one   coaching   and   online   training   for   creative   professionals,   regardless   of   their   nationality  and  location.   As   the   go-­‐to   production   resource   for   British   companies   wanting   to   connect   with   professionals   on   the   ground,   we   are   committed   to   supporting   and   informing   the   production   community.   Since   the   results   of   our   inaugural   salary   report,   we   have   mandated   that   jobs   advertised  through  our  network  are  paid  at  the  prevailing  industry  rate.   For  more  information  (including   access  to  free  resources)  go  to:     www.britsinthebox.com   Or  follow  us  on:   Twitter:  @BritsInTheBox   Facebook:  BritsInTheBox  
  4. 4. About  the  Respondents 0 25 50 75 100 0 25 50 75 100 83% 2% 14% 2% World West  Coast US  Other   East  Coast Primary  Work  Location Male  vs  Female Unscripted  vs  Scripted Male Female Unscripted ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  5. 5. 5% 22% 73% Freelance Employed Unemployed 4%7% 54% 11% 4% 19% Cable  Network Digital Post  Prod  Co Production  Co Network Other Where  They  Work Employment  Status ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  6. 6. 11% 49% 2% 30% 8% 20  -­‐  24 35  -­‐  44 55+ 25  -­‐  34 45  -­‐  54 10% 11% 26% 26% 20% 6% <2  years 2  -­‐  4  years 5  -­‐  9  years 10  -­‐  14  years 15  -­‐  19  years 20+  years Experience Age ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  7. 7. WOMEN  EARNED  MORE     THAN  MEN  … ….  But  only  in  some  positions  below  Manager   level:   Production   Co-­‐ordinator,   Production   Assistant  and  Executive  Assistant.  There  was   one   exception   -­‐   female   Line   Producers   earned   2.5%   more   than   men   in   2014.   The   median   earnings   for   female   Production   Co-­‐ ordinators   in   2014   was   a   staggering   107%   more  than  their  male  counterparts! ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  8. 8. BUT  WHEN  IT  COMES  TO  BEING  IN   CHARGE,   MEN   EARNED   MORE   THAN  WOMEN Male  Producers  and  Executives  earned  12  -­‐   12.5%  more  than  their  female  counterparts   (and   an   incredible   63%   more   for   Development   Execs).   In   Post-­‐Production   male  Editors  earnings  were  29%  more,  and   male   Post-­‐Production   Supervisors   earnings   were  22.5%  more  than  their  female  counter-­‐ parts.   The   biggest   variable   outside   of   gender   for   pay   inequality   is   the   type   of   company   that   you   work   for.   If   you’re   a   Female   in   Post   Production,   or   you   work   for   a   Production   Companies   (especially   if   you’re   freelancer)   then   your   male   colleagues   are   probably   earning  more  than  you.   ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  9. 9. SOUNDBITES:  ON  GENDER   “  …I  discovered  that  I  was  being  paid  less  than   my  male  co-­‐worker  who  I  was  training  …  This   industry  is  so  awful  to  women  …” “  …  My  male  counterparts  with   LESS  experience  make  MORE  …  I   believe  there  is  a  definite  gender   bias  in  post  production  …” “  …  I  recently  worked  on  a  show  only  to  discover   the  men  were  being  paid  $700  more  a  week   than  me  and  the  other  female  Producer.  We  had   just  as  much  experience  …”   ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  10. 10. POSITION MALE FEMALE   DIFFERENCE Executive    Producer  (Incl.  Show  Runner) 150K 134k +12% Development  Executive 137k 84k +63% Line  Producer 120k 123k +2.5% Post  Production  Supervisor 120k 98k +22.5% Editor 120k 93k +29% Senior  Producer  (Supervising  /  Co-­‐ord) 108K 96k +12.5% Casting  Producer  /  Director 101k 88k +15% Producer  (incl  Field  and  Post) 90k 80k +12.5% Associate  Producer 52k 50k +4% Production    Co-­‐ordinator 25k 52k +107% Executive  Assistant 30k 33k +10% Production  Assistant 20k 25k +25% MALE  VS  FEMALE There   was   no   difference   in   gender   earnings   for   Directors,   Edit   Assistants   and   Production   Managers.     There  was  a  lack  of  comparative   data  for  positions  not  listed. Median  Earnings  2014  (USD) ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  11. 11. Your age determines your rate more than your experience Generally the older you are the higher your rate is, with highest rates being paid to those aged 45 - 54. However, if you’re 55+ you can expect your rate to decrease. This reflects the US national position (US Census published Sep 2015). A notable exception is for Senior Producers, whose rate is consistent across the board regardless of age. In terms of experience, you’ll hit your earnings stride when you have 15 - 19 years of experience under your belt. ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  12. 12. YOU’LL  EARN  MORE   ON  THE  WEST  COAST   Of   the   10   positions   where   we   were   able   to   make   comparison,   just   2   had   higher   weekly   median   rates   on   the   East  Coast   -­‐   PA   15%     and   Exec  Asst   10%.     If   you   want   to   increase   your   rate   by   30%,   head   out   to   the   West   Coast   to   work  as  an  Executive  Producer  or  Line   Producer.   Other   roles   with   higher   West   Coast   medians   were:   Media   M a n a g e r   22 % ,   E d i t o r   1 7 % ,   Development   Producer   16%,   Executive   In   Charge   9%,   DP   7%   and   Producer  (incl.  Field  and  Post)  4%.   ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  13. 13. SOUNDBITES:  ON  RATES   “  …  The  smaller  production  companies  take   advantage  of  weekly  rates  by  tacking  on  extra,   unexpected,  often  weekend  work  days    …” “  …  People  need  to  stop  taking  these  [low  paying]   jobs  to  force  the  industry  to  pay  up  to  scale  …” “  …  Every  year  we  get  more  unpaid  hiatus  weeks  so   I’m  actually  making  less  each  year  …”   “  …  The  freelance  pay/wage  is  a  crime    …  I   experienced  slave  labor  from  a  major  corporation   who  increased  their  demands  once  I  accepted  the   position  (without  an  increase  in  pay)  …”   “  …  As  of  2014  I’ve  retired  from  working   in  TV  in  my  mid-­‐40s  …  My  weekly  rate   only  increased  $500  since  1997…”   “  …  I  have  seen  the  pay  erode  and  the   workload  increase  …”   ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  14. 14. PRODUCER,  DIRECTOR,  WRITER:    WEEKLIES $725 EXECUTIVE  ASST   PRODUCTION  ASST ASSOCIATE   PRODUCER $1250 $3125 PREDITOR  /   VIDEOGRAPHER $2400 PRODUCER   (Incl  Field  &  Post) $1900 CASTING  PRODUCER $2800 LINE  PRODUCER $3280 $2600 SENIOR  PRODUCER   (Incl.  Co-­‐Ordinating   and  Supervising) EXECUTIVE  IN  CHARGE $4000 EXECUTIVE  PRODUCER   (Incl.  Show  Runner  and   Co-­‐Exec  Producer) MEDIAN  VALUES $3000 DIRECTOR  WRITER $1875 $780 WRITER’S  ASST ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  15. 15. PRODUCTION  MANAGEMENT:    WEEKLIES   Line  Producer          $2600 $2000          Production  Manager $  3280          Executive  in  Charge Production    Co-­‐ordinator          $1175 MEDIAN  VALUES   $725        Exec  Asst  |  Prod  Asst ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  16. 16. POST  PRODUCTION  WEEKLIES   PREDITOR            $3125 $2400          POST  PRODUCTION  SUPERVISOR $3250            EDITOR  (On  &  Offline) EDIT  ASSISTANT        $1250   MEDIA  MANAGER MEDIAN  VALUES   $1100            POST  PRODUCTION  CO-­‐ORD COLORIST            $3365 ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  17. 17. CREW  DAILIES $150 $750 PRODUCTION  ASST ASST.  EDITOR   MEDIA  MANAGER $250 $375 1st  AD   ASST.  CAMERA   CASTING  PRODUCER   $400 DIT $500 AUDIO  MIXER   PRODUCER   $575 ART  DIRECTOR $600 DIRECTOR   EDITOR   DP $650 $525 CAMERA  OP   STYLIST HAIR  &  MU  ARTIST   PREDITOR  /  VIDEOGRAPHER   $675 COLORIST MEDIAN  VALUES ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  18. 18. SOUNDBITES:  ON  CONDITIONS   “  …  The  networks  and  production  companies  want  shows  turned  around   much  quicker  on  much  tighter  budgets    …” “  …  Experience  and  talent  seem  to  count  for  less  and  less  …  production   companies  don’t  appear  to  value  quality  either  …”   “  …  Projects  often  have  unrealistic  schedules  …”   “  …  I  find  it  difficult  when  I  am  forced  to  work  under  someone   with  less  capacity  to  do  a  job  than  myself  …” “  …  I’m  swimming  an  uphill  battle  trying  to  learn  every  program  because  the   majority  of  [job]  postings  want  you  to  be  many  things.  …” “  …  No  regards  to    Producers’  work/life  balance  …  Editors  get  overtime,  we  don’t  …” “  …  Reality  TV  is  getting  really  bad  with  work  conditions  …  The  rate  is  constantly  being  lowered  for   longer  days  and  complete  and  utter  chaos  on  set  due  to  poor  planning  and  production  …”   “  …  It’s  rampant  with  corporate  and  production  company  irresponsibility  …  sent  out  on  unsafe   locations  without  insurance  in  place  …  12  hour  work  days  are  the  norm” “  …  [As  a  PM]  Still  expected  to  ask  my  teams  to  work  unreasonable  and  dangerous  hours  because   budgets  don’t  allow  for  adequate  staffing  levels    …” ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  19. 19. SUMMARY   TV  production  has  lost  it’s  sparkle.    To  paraphrase  one  survey  respondent  “the  business  of  making  television  is  no  longer   fun”.  Long  work  days  and  weekend  work  have  become  the  nor;  and  there  is  a  lack  of  benefits,  job  security  and  stability.   It’s  especially  tough  for  the  freelance  worker  who  relies  heavily  on  their  network  to  secure  their  next  contract,  yet  fears   retaliation   for   speaking   out   about   unfair   labor   practises.   “Put   up   or   Shut   up’   seems   to   have   been   adopted   as   the   industry  mantra.   Networks  need  to  be  aware  of  how  budget  reductions  impact  at  ground  level;  as  this  inevitably  places    pressure  on   production  companies  to  deliver  against  financial  or  time  restraints.  In  turn  this  may  involve  them  cutting  corners,   placing  crew  and  production  teams  under  considerable  pressure;  meaning  they  have  to  work  long  hours,  in  an  unsafe   working  environment,  with  little  regard  for  work  and  life  balance.     The  good  news  is  that  despite  the  discontent,  TV  is  still  relatively  well  paid  in  comparison  to  US  Median  Household   income.  The  median  US  household  income    in  2014  was  $53,657.  Our  survey  respondents  of  manager  level  and  above   reported  their  individual  earnings  as  than  this  in  2014. ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box      www.britsinthebox.com  
  20. 20. WHEN  THE  GOING  GETS  TOUGH,  REMEMBER  …   “There  are  some  incredibly  f*#king   talented  people  in  this  industry.     YOU  ALL  ROCK!” Anonymous  Survey  Respondent,  2015   ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  21. 21. Pictures    RYAN  McGUIRE   Viktor  Hanacek   Jacqui  Moore   Pixabay   Analysis   Arpit  Saxena     CREDITS Words   Jacqui  Moore     Design   EJ  Campbell   With  Thanks   Julian  Locke     ©  2015,  Brits  In  The  Box   www.britsinthebox.com
  22. 22. Visit:  110  E25th  St,  NY,  NY  10010   Call:  702  900  5364   Email:  jacqui@britsinthebox.com ©    Brits  In  The  Box,  2015  

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