The Average Salary for a Movie Director


Movie directors coordinate production activities for instructional, informative or entertaining motion pictures. They are key players who oversee all of the creative details, from interpreting the script and selecting actors to choosing the appropriate sets and incorporating special effects. Directors may start out as stage or independent film directors, but if their movies and reputation gain popularity, they can take on bigger and more popular projects.

National Median

  • The average salary for movie directors is difficult to pinpoint because earnings greatly vary depending on the amount of motion pictures that a director's involved in and how well those films perform in the theater. According to ONet OnLine, directors earned a median annual income of $69,480 as of 2013.

Union Members

  • Directors can join the Directors Guild of America, which serves as a union and addresses pay for its members. Producers must compensate directors in the union with a minimum weekly pay of $17,604 for high budget movies or a minimum of $12,573 per week for short films and documentaries as of July 2014.

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