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Highest Paying Industries for Producers and Directors

The top 100 highest paying industries for producers and directors (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $172,310, communications equipment manufacturing is the highest paying industry for producers and directors. It is followed by computer and electronic product manufacturing industry (average annual salary $140,830). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of producers and directors in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Producers and Directors

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$172,310
60
2 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$140,830
70
3 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$105,530
1,310
4 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$98,120
90
5 Manufacturing
$93,490
140
6 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$91,680
3,840
7 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$90,690
6,880
8 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,400
9,920
9 Wholesale Trade
$86,560
130
10 Software Publishers
$83,860
500
11 Federal government, including USPS
$83,400
1,020
12 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$83,400
1,010
13 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$83,060
230
14 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$82,260
420
15 Telecommunications
$81,550
780
16 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$81,280
770
17 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$79,540
340
18 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$79,150
670
19 Specialized Design Services
$78,490
470
20 Other Information Services
$78,360
1,860
21 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$77,330
34,250
22 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$76,570
35,020
23 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$75,040
150
24 Offices of Physicians
$74,970
n/a
25 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$72,490
1,240
26 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$71,770
2,020
27 Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,770
2,020
28 Scientific Research and Development Services
$71,460
40
29 Consumer Goods Rental
$70,350
n/a
30 Retail Trade
$70,060
370
31 Information
$69,320
67,150
32 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$68,980
350
33 Nonstore Retailers
$68,980
350
34 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,900
610
35 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$68,720
50
36 Social Advocacy Organizations
$68,590
n/a
37 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$68,440
40
38 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$68,110
140
39 Casino Hotels
$67,680
40
40 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$67,460
40
41 Rental and Leasing Services
$67,360
100
42 Accommodation
$66,940
60
43 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$66,790
3,500
44 Finance and Insurance
$66,310
50
45 Traveler Accommodation
$66,050
60
46 Hospitals - Privately owned
$65,880
40
47 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$65,580
40
48 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$64,750
740
49 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$63,430
n/a
50 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$63,410
1,050
51 Other Personal Services
$62,760
40
52 Personal and Laundry Services
$62,760
40
53 Spectator Sports
$61,920
450
54 Administrative and Support Services
$61,790
600
55 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,790
600
56 Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,330
180
57 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$60,910
4,020
58 Employment Services
$60,730
360
59 Television Broadcasting
$60,630
19,040
60 Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
$60,330
30
61 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$60,110
10,740
62 Newspaper Publishers
$59,620
310
63 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$59,290
50
64 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,050
480
65 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$58,950
90
66 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$58,920
11,360
67 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$58,890
530
68 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,650
120
69 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$58,590
250
70 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$58,530
28,240
71 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$58,010
1,120
72 Educational Support Services
$57,530
60
73 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$57,280
24,730
74 Temporary Help Services
$57,230
160
75 Educational Services - Local government owned
$56,770
560
76 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$56,700
360
77 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$55,850
290
78 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$55,180
1,520
79 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$55,140
340
80 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$54,630
840
81 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$54,500
90
82 Sound Recording Industries
$53,600
770
83 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$53,550
n/a
84 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$53,540
70
85 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$53,420
160
86 State government, including schools and hospitals
$52,890
1,880
87 Educational Services - Privately owned
$52,880
1,300
88 Educational Services
$52,610
3,260
89 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$52,540
2,100
90 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$52,190
550
91 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$51,190
1,250
92 Educational Services - State government owned
$51,110
1,400
93 Performing Arts Companies
$50,800
4,580
94 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$49,280
3,680
95 Other Support Services
$48,270
90
96 Radio Broadcasting
$48,100
5,690
97 Junior colleges - State government owned
$48,060
90
98 Outpatient Care Centers
$47,370
n/a
99 Photographic Services
$47,340
70
100 Religious Organizations
$47,140
170
See also: Highest paying cities for producers and directors.