How Much Does A Film Director Make?

Film directors may not have a lot of exposure on camera but they are the ones who call the shots in a film or movie production. Although the work hours can be long and stressful, film directors are compensated very well for their efforts. Those who are hired by motion picture and movie industries stand to receive more than those working in other industries.

Average Film Director Annual Salary

$93,840

The average annual salary for film directors is $93,840 a year. Salaries start at $32,940 a year and go up to $189,870 a year.

Average Film Director Hourly Wage

$45.12

The average hourly wage for a film director is $45.12. Hourly wages were between $15.84 and $91.28 an hour.

Stats were based out of 114,510 employed film directors in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Film Director

$189,870/year $91.28/hour

(Top 10% of Film Directors)


Senior Film Director

$112,820/year $54.24/hour

(Top 25% of Film Directors)


Mid Level Film Director

$70,950/year $34.11/hour

(Median)


Junior Film Director

$46,660/year $22.44/hour

(Bottom 25% of Film Directors)


Entry Level Film Director

$32,940/year $15.84/hour

(Bottom 10% of Film Directors)


Film Director Average Salary Comparison

Producers and Directors
$93k / year
$45 / hour
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$83k / year
$0 / hour
Music Directors and Composers
$60k / year
$29 / hour
Choreographers
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Coaches and Scouts
$41k / year
$0 / hour
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
$35k / year
$0 / hour
Actors
$0k / year
$39 / hour
Musicians and Singers
$0k / year
$34 / hour
Dancers
$0k / year
$18 / hour
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
$0k / year
$23 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Film Directors

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Film Directors

Film Director Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 California $62.75 $130,510
#2 New York $56.64 $117,820
#3 New Jersey $40.82 $84,900
#4 District of Columbia $40.07 $83,350
#5 Pennsylvania $39.77 $82,720
#6 Illinois $38.57 $80,230
#7 Maryland $38.24 $79,550
#8 Georgia $36.58 $76,080
#9 Florida $36.16 $75,220
#10 Massachusetts $36.14 $75,180
#11 New Mexico $35.12 $73,050
#12 Nevada $34.27 $71,290
#13 Washington $33.43 $69,540
#14 Virginia $33.39 $69,460
#15 Connecticut $32.76 $68,130
#16 Texas $32.66 $67,920
#17 Minnesota $32.03 $66,630
#18 North Carolina $31.26 $65,020
#19 Rhode Island $31.22 $64,930
#20 Colorado $31.21 $64,910
#21 Louisiana $31.13 $64,760
#22 Michigan $31.02 $64,510
#23 Oregon $30.72 $63,910
#24 Alaska $30.71 $63,880
#25 Utah $30.24 $62,900
#26 Missouri $30.22 $62,860
#27 Tennessee $29.17 $60,660
#28 New Hampshire $29.15 $60,640
#29 Delaware $29.12 $60,570
#30 South Dakota $28.97 $60,270
#31 Indiana $28.09 $58,430
#32 Vermont $27.97 $58,170
#33 Ohio $26.99 $56,140
#34 Arizona $26.91 $55,970
#35 Montana $26.60 $55,340
#36 South Carolina $26.13 $54,360
#37 Mississippi $25.84 $53,740
#38 Wisconsin $25.58 $53,210
#39 Wyoming $25.56 $53,160
#40 Puerto Rico $25.24 $52,490
#41 Idaho $24.88 $51,750
#42 Kentucky $24.04 $50,000
#43 Kansas $23.98 $49,880
#44 Nebraska $23.72 $49,340
#45 Alabama $23.21 $48,270
#46 Arkansas $21.92 $45,590
#47 Iowa $21.91 $45,570
#48 Oklahoma $21.03 $43,750
#49 Maine $20.47 $42,580
#50 North Dakota $18.55 $38,590

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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